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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #204 – “Door and Doorways”

We’re having another guest host for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week: Sylvia Bacon of My Colorful Expressions. Her topic is doors and doorways. Doors usually part something from something else but not as strict as a wall would do. Doors can allow access with permission when having the right key.



Doors can also give some information about the owner or what is hidden behind the door.

a sailship’s captain used to live behind this door back. He build that house in the 18th century.


These richly decorated doors can be found in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the German state located on the south coast of the Baltic Sea. The iconic symbols also tell about the people living here. The doors always have three elements. One of them is most often the rising sun. You can find it on both doors in the lowermost sector and in the top sector of the third door.




But, what happens, when a building becomes useless and abandoned? Doors are open!

no more privacy in the lady’s room
no door is departing the shower from the pool anymore


But, there are more doors.

The next three doors are at home in Barcelona. It’s the entrance hall of Orfeo Catalan, the Palau de la Música Catalana.

and the entrance to a smaller audition stage in the basement. Both glass doors are open at the moment.

For the final images, I’m taking you with me to Asia. Asia in Europe. Asia in Germany!

Feng shui, also known as Chinese geomancy, is an ancient Chinese traditional practice that claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.



On the other hand, you can find these doors in many places in Japan.

A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. This one is located in Germany. That Japanese garden was created in 1912 by famous Japanese garden architects. Each year a team of garden architects comes over from Japan to make sure, the garden is still in perfect shape.



I was really amazed to see, how many images of doors I have in my archive when I started my search. As usual for this kind of job, I used Excire Foto to find them. I simply used the tag “door” and got more than 1,000 results to choose from. I also had a few images with doors in my mind, to share with you. But, it was great to have so many additional images to choose from. I hope, you enjoy the selection.

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In 2020, I introduced you to Excire Foto, software to analyze and organize your images and, most importantly, find them! Since June 1st, the next version is out and includes among other improvements a Duplicate Finder and the ability to analyze PSD files. I’m going to publish a review soon. In the meantime, you can get more information and the prices here.

For now, take care!



24 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #204 – “Door and Doorways””

  1. A wonderful selection Andre – you reminded me of several doors/doorways in my archives that I didn’t see in my tagged filters. Does the software you use work if the images are stored in L/R? And if yes, do you have to add tags as groups are found???

    1. yes, Excire Foto (literally Excire Search, the edition for LR) also works with LR. It uses AI to analyze the archive and tag it automatically. As far as I know, the already given LR tags are preserved. As I don’t have Lightroom, I can’t confirm. I gave up working with LR a few years ago for a couple of reasons and don’t own it anymore.
      “Excire Search 2 is the right choice if:
      Adobe Lightroom Classic is your standard photo management software. Our Lightroom Classic Plugin “Excire Search 2” is fully integrated in Lightroom Classic providing all the information you need to manage your photos and save metadata in photos or XMP files if desired.”

  2. A wonderful, diverse collection of doors from many countries, Andre! I have several favorites, like the ones around the Baltic Sea, the sailship captain’s door and the elaborate doors from the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Thank you for sharing all of these with us!

  3. A beautiful and beautifully diverse gallery, Andre. I have the problem of having way too many doors from which to choose as I’ve been participating in Thursday Doors for many years. 😦

    1. 😮 so you have to focus on only one or two sub-aspects. Not easy. Maybe throwing a dice could help.
      As I wrote, my filtering also brought up more than 1000 images. I was really stunned to see so many doors. From my memory I had guessed I‘d have a hundred or so.

  4. Lovely collection. I’ve admired the house with sand before, and also, I think, the abandoned swimming pool. I don’t remember the gorgeous Catalan doors, so this must be my first view of them.

    1. Thanks. We booked a guided tour for our visit of the Palau Musica Catalan. The guide told us, that stage would be used for the auditions and rehearsals

  5. Great selections. Sand-filled, corridors, mankind’s fate perhaps. I missed the Orfeo Catalan when I was in Barcelona last autumn. I would have loved that!

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