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The Doorway


This is one of my earliest digital photographs, taken in December of 2011, during one of my walks in our neighborhood in Sedona. I was taken by the warmth and glow of the wood, and the curves of the wrought-iron door and its shadow. In all, it was both mysterious and inviting.


As I reflect on this image's appeal to me, I become aware of both its beauty and its dream-like invitation and mystery. What's behind this door? the mind wants to know. After all, when we encounter a beautiful door that's latched with a handle that looks like something out of an wondrous movie, isn't it an invitation to speculate what's on the other side? It's not that I want to imagine something specific, like a boat or motorcycle or pool. I want to let it remain something unknown and mysterious, as if it is a portal to an enchanted world.


Perhaps a photo like this is itself a doorway, one that invites us to open an inner door into our mind and heart, and to see what journey or beauty or realization is there for us. Go ahead - the magical-looking handle invites you grasp it and pull.

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wprince007
wprince007
Nov 12, 2021

I was instantly struck by the graceful, elephantine curves of the almost living shadow. This invokes for me the warm protectiveness of Lord Ganesh and his guidance in overcoming obstacles. And the Door is always an intriguing symbol that hints at new adventure, opportunity, and perhaps perilous misadventure! The Architect of this life keeps things interesting and keeps us on our toes to make sure that we learn our lessons! And the clean, Spartan simplicity of "The Doorway" allows for a distraction free contemplation of the mystery and allure of this well framed image. Thanks, Paul, for providing another moment with which to appreciate existence!

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paulhawkwood
paulhawkwood
Nov 12, 2021
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Hi Bill! I really enjoyed your observations. I especially like "...the graceful, elephantine curves of the almost living shadow." I'm tempted to be jealous for your beautiful turn of phrase, and your observation that it looks like an elephant trunk. Nice job! It made me recognize the dual nature of the ironwork: it's both fluid and "iron-ic." And I'm so glad that it added to your experience of appreciating existence.

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