Secret Doors of the World

Door Oia Santorini Greece

Little House, Oia, Santorini, Greece.

I’ve found myself in some strange places. Camera in hand, partner and tourists rolling their eyes: it’s a door. Why is that man taking pictures of a door? I love the stuff that other people walk straight past.

Rusting door castlefield manchester

Rusting door, Castlefield, Manchester

It’s the mystery, the history, the peeling paint and the rust. Forgotten locks and handles, or maybe some overwrought filigree. To me, the texture of weathered neglect is beautiful.

weathered wall and iron gate santorini greece

Weathered wall and iron gates, Santorini, Greece

When the sleeve gets tugged I say ‘Go and flick through Facebook in the café – I’ve found something fascinating…’ There are hidden wonders to be found if you wander from the beaten track.

Hacienda Barcelona

Haçienda, Barcelona

Coming back from Parc Güell above Barcelona, I spotted this charming little haçienda and in my mind, I bought it and moved in straight away.

Art Nouveau Door Brussels

Fantastic Art Nouveau shop door, Brussels.

As beautiful as Brussels is, I could have spent all day in Grote Markt and missed this elaborate example of Art Nouveau architecture which was hiding down a side street. I stopped the traffic to get this shot, while the horns hooted.

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34 thoughts on “Secret Doors of the World

  1. Love these shots! So vibrant and rich,

    • Thanks! And I love what you’re doing on your blog, it’s very inspirational to someone like me. I processed these pictures in iPhoto and then added texture and borders in Photoshop. Here is an example of how dull some of my originals are, particularly the flat greyness of iPhone pics…

  2. purpleowltree1234

    *So* beautiful!!! I think I’ll paint my back fence in the hacienda colours. Must have those colours!! I adore this post. So lush with beauty and quirkiness!
    Rach.

    • Cheers, Rach! You should definitely paint your fence and post some pics. I think you like to throw colour around like me 😀

      • purpleowltree1234

        I absolutely do! My soul would shrivel up and die without colours.
        rach.

  3. I’ve always loved photographing doors and windows! Your images are beautiful.

    • Thanks, Kathryn – it’s almost like a Narnia Complex, finding the door that leads to Wonderland…

  4. Very colourful collection. A feast for the eyes.

    • Hi Mike, glad you like my pictures, and I love your photographs of the Essex coast. I’m a bit of an Essex boy myself…

  5. Stevo

    TOWIE?! Not dumb and orange surely?

  6. Ha ha, it’s the accent. It reminds me of my childhood. And there’s nothing wrong with being, um, uncomplicated… 😉

    Being orange, however seems to be a mild form of self harm, unless you’re a citrus fruit.

  7. I’m so glad I followed your blog. So many interesting things to see! I am in love with old doors myself – the weathering, the unseen history. You chose a nice variety of colors and shapes for this post. 🙂

    • Hi Jolene, I’m following you right back 😀 We seem to be on the same page, with the same eye for character and texture, but you’re a lot more professional than me.

  8. lovely selection of doors

  9. Thanks, you might recognise some of them. Picture 2 is right outside your apartment building…

  10. Wow – Great shots !

    Love these doors and their colors
    Very well done

  11. I too took lots of images of doors around europe – the best one I found was in Pygos, Santorini which you can view here; http://www.redbubble.com/people/robyncarter/works/9253887-the-old-blue-door

    I took another really interesting one in Rhodes, but yes I’m a door photographer myself when I see and feel that the door might have a lot of secrets 🙂

    • Hi Robyn you have some great pictures. Lovely blue door picture, I’ve got one almost identical but I didn’t have time to include it above. Wouldn’t it be funny if we both snapped the same door?

  12. Dvorak

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    love Greece

  13. Nelly

    We miss so much rushing by, if we just stood still to see and appreciated the beauty of the things in the moment, just as you have done we would be happier people! You have an eye for beauty Mark

    • There’s always the risk that you end up seeing life through a lens. But then I want the moment and the memory. Which is why there’s always pictures of partners saying ‘Put that camera away!’

  14. Mark, I love the ALL! I shoot “dull” too just to get the basic image so that I can work with the basic image as you did with colors and borders.

    • Thanks, Bernadette! I think image manipulation is an art form in itself (although some would say it’s cheating!)

  15. Such a relief to know other people are out there photographing, doors, peeling paint and rust. Lovely images.

    • Cheers, Ziggy. I like a bit of character and dereliction. Unless of course it’s my ex… 😯 😆

  16. Hi, Mark..I would just like to tell you that I have nominated your blog for One Lovely Blog Award. For more info please look up my latest post : http://memorabillion.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/one-lovely-blog-award/
    And yes..I love the doors, the colors..and the way you touched up the photos..great!

  17. Really beautiful photos. Doors have such an air of mystery to them – it’s fun to wonder what might be on the other side as if there could be another world there.

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