doors 1

Green door, what’s that secret you’re keeping’? … Green Door: Shakin’ Stevens

Sydney May 2014 (3 photos)

“The things that happen to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind closed doors, what secrets-”
… Miss Maudie speaking to Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird

doors 2


These are 3 walls and doors I found interesting because of their mix of textures and their wabi-sabi nature. Wabi-sabi is a quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional (just like me πŸ™‚ ).

doors 3

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination…”

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera, Sony Etcetera

Behind closed doors, what secrets?


74 thoughts on “Behind closed doors, what secrets?

  1. Three great shots along with three favorite quotes/pieces from our shared culture. Thanks for the new word too – not one I have heard before, but I do like the meaning behind it.

  2. Watch out or the Door Maniac group will suck you in, LD … πŸ™‚
    “There’s an old pianner and they play it hot behind the green door …
    Don’t know what they’re doin but they laugh a lot behind the green door …
    Wish they’d let me in so I could find out what’s behing the green door …”

  3. Great clarity in your shots as usual, Dragon. Pity those doors don’t have large keyholes, then you would be able to peep through them and have a look at whether the grass is greener on the other side. There’s always something very exciting about visiting someone’s house for the first time.

  4. It take a big heart to appreciate the beauty of in thing modest and humble. There is no better way to express wabi-sabi nature and texture than these doors. Great post, Dragon.

  5. Wonderful photos Draco! Great walls and doors, the wall in the last photo is really lovely! I had never heard of wabi-sabi… I like it a lot! πŸ™‚

  6. wow, love, love, love all three, Lignum… love that painterly feel, especially in the second one, that crack in the wall is a fantastic detail!!

    “the beauty of things imperfect”… what a lovely way to stay down-to-earth and appreciate the little things in life…

    • Thank you kindly.
      An interesting question. Wabi sabi is like the wind – tangible in one respect but undefinable in another.
      But I always look on the bright side of life and will find the answer, perhaps it’s …

      … downtown.

  7. I knew that about you – that you are unconventional πŸ˜€ I would also feel drawn to these walls and try to capture them. Nice to see you in colour again, Draco, really nice πŸ™‚

  8. Strangely I like pictures of doors! There’s always a feeling of mystery within a door, no matter if it’s grand or plain. I love that tiny one, or perhaps it’s just on a lower level to the pavement. Must be strange letting yourself in and out of that door – makes me think of Alice In Wonderland! πŸ™‚

    • The immediate reaction for many upon seeing a door, is wondering what’s behind it. It’s human nature. πŸ™‚

      In the last there is a small gap between the pavement and the door with a step halfway. The slope leads from the front of that house to the rear of that house, and the yard is at the lower level.

  9. Karen says:

    These are fabulous shots of extremely interesting doors, love the brickwork and the rugged woodeness of the doors. If I was there I would be itching to see what was behind those doors. I am anyway.

  10. Lovely images. I wonder what is beyond the door…I loved the book to kill a mocking bird. I found it sad but hilarious at the same time. Behind doors you can never really know!

  11. LB says:

    That first one in particular caught my eye, but your words even more so … imperfect, impermanent, incomplete. I was saying to myself “just like me” and then YOU said it!!

    • Thank you very much. I had to check wikipedia and discovered the recording by Jim Lowe. It reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1956 squeezing out Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley. Same lyrics but completely different tempo.
      Thanks for that. πŸ™‚

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