|Ajar - Pere la Chaise Cemetery, Paris|
When I visited the ancient Houtong section of Beijing, China I learned that people's status within the community could be ascertained by the height of their threshold. The higher it was, the greater one's prestige. When I visited Japan I saw how people would place a piece of fabric (called a Notan) in their doorway so that visitors had to bow their heads as they entered the home, as a sign of respect.
On my Pinterest site I've been collecting images of doors and windows. It is such a rich metaphor for the contemplative photographer. You could also include arches and passageways in this category. They all speak of transition. My image "Heavenly Staircase" shows how doorways can be an interesting focus for reflection.
|Old Window - Connemara, Ireland|
This year I will explore a number of meaningful metaphors that you might use in your own exploration of the world around you. Seeing the metaphoric capabilities in the landscape is an essential skill for the contemplative photographer and I encourage you to begin to collect your own metaphors. In the meantime, visit my Pinterest board "Doors and Windows" to see how other photographers have approached this intriguing and thought provoking subject.