Travel Photography Obsession: Doors

When I was a little girl, trips to my grandparent’s house always meant I would get to snoop through my grandma’s things. She kept pictures of my mom, aunts and uncle from their childhood, photos from her WWII-era Sydney wedding, typewriters, old records, even her stylish vintage wardrobe. I would uncover dusty boxes, peek through closets, ask a million questions and somehow she never seemed to mind.

By nature, I’m a curious person and this hasn’t changed as I’ve grown older. That’s why travel is such a passion of mine. Except now my ‘discoveries’ have evolved from grandma’s old treasures to the beauty of UNESCO heritage sites, the history of ancient Greek and Roman ruins and the deliciousness of a bottle of vino tinto from La Rioja in Spain. The simplest things can set off my curiosity however, and the same object seems to always show up in my photos of places I’ve been. What is it? Photos of doors.

Doors have many metaphorical meanings. They can signify promise, adventure, closure, and intrigue. They are our small, personal gateways to the world. For these reasons, whenever I’m exploring a new place, I’m drawn to doors. Not only do they often make for a beautiful photo, but they present to me more than an entrance. They are as curiosity-inducing as they are unwelcoming, and as come-hither as they are cold.

“When one door shuts, another door opens” we’re often told. And though the door to my grandma’s closet is now shut as she rests in peace, I’ve unlocked the door to the world and am happily exploring it:

Asilah, Morocco

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Hydra, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Ios, Greece

Sevilla, Spain

Albufeira, Portugal

Hydra, Greece

Tarifa, Spain

Oia, Greece

Albufeira, Portugal

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Even doorways are appealing to me…

Tarifa, Spain

Thira, Greece

Granada, Spain

Sevilla, Spain

And I love intricate details…

Tarifa, Spain

Athens, Greece

Sevilla, Spain

What’s your travel photography obsession?

Author: Christine

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