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Doors – so many metaphors

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bluedoor_c2a9ann_brooks3People love images of doors. A door is a metaphor for so many things.

Hope, opportunity, invitation, when open. Mystery when closed. Don’t mention having one shut in your face!

The first photo I ever sold was a door which I took in San Miguel Alliende, Mexico in 1982. The Blue Door.

Several years ago, I was beginning to show my photography in my jewelry studio, beginning my transition from jewelry to photography. One November we were having open studios. For the first time, I put out a small display of my photo notecards. 

There was a man, perhaps in his late 30’s looking through the cards. Lots of people were in and out of my studio. Mr. late-30s kept going through the cards, pondering, looking. I was quite busy with the jewelry lookers and buyers, but periodically wondering what kept him looking for so long. What choice could be that hard, that important?

Finally, he came to me with the Blue Door card in hand. He volunteered that the card was for a women who had been important in his life, but they had gone their separate ways and hadn’t been in touch for over a year. He planned to send her the card with a note saying, “The door is open”.

I’ve told that story many times through the years as people have shown interest in the Blue Door. I get goose-bumps every time.

I wish I knew how it turned out. Did they reconnect? Being a romantic at heart, I’d like to think so.

In the comment section above, I invite you to leave your own thoughts about doors and their special meaning to you – add your own door metaphors.

Written by annbrooksphoto

May 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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  1. It is connecting. Love it!


    May 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

  2. I love this story. I am having an art exhibition of my work in New Zealand entitled ‘portals of infinity’ and was just searching around for symbolism about doors. I had to laugh when I saw where you took for first door photo. Much of my work relates to the Mayan culture of Mexico and Guatemala, and I am moving to San Miguel at the end of the year. I too have been seduced by the many beautiful San Miguel doors and windows.


    May 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

  3. I love this story. It is so pertinent to my life at the moment. This is what I love most about art – the way that it speaks to our lives and intersects with our own realities. Fabulous photo!


    May 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  4. Hi i love the story of this photo. I am doing my dissertation on ‘Understanding Doorways and Enriching Architecture’. I find doorways can evoke so much personality about a space, and your anecdote expresses a really rich affinity with our useage of doorways.

    Geoff Caulder

    February 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    • Hi Geoff,

      I am doing an essay on doorways also but haven’t been able to find much on the subject (or maybe I’m just not using the right key terms). I was wondering whether you would be able to suggest anything as I assume you have an in-depth knowledge doing a dissertation on it? Any help much appreciated. Thanks.


      May 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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