Thursday, January 15, 2009

Access All Areas

Cool Sight On A Hot Summer Evening

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON

This shot was taken in Fremantle, the beautiful port city in Western Australia, last week. It was a scorching hot summer evening with the sun still high in the sky and at least another four hours until dusk.

We had just parked the car in Henry Street and were about to walk across the park to slake our thirst when I spotted this doorway. There as no sign to hint at what it was, but I was just captivated by the weather-beaten effect and the pastel shades, as well as the balls that were clearly visible through the right-hand window.

I was also attracted to the sight because the concrete facade had a vertical crack and one of the exterior lights was skew-whiff. It was an architectural reminder of our very own human frailties.

32 comments:

kenny8blog said...

"Scorching hot summer evenings"
we don't get over here now.Not
since 1977 as I recall.
Maybe the scorching heat caused
the crack in concrete,and made
the fixture skew whiff.
Hope you got your drink across
the park.There's always the lake.

Craig Glenn said...

My observation would be that the primary point of entry is the door on the left. The stoop is worn and staind on that side. Also I like the mail slot!

Don't know why I felt the need to point that out but I enjoyed to photo!

Craig

Hilary said...

THAT is the blue that I want to look at all the time.

You should do a door series. I love doors. :)

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

What a wonderful striking colour blue against the plain concrete wall! Love it!!

Hilary said...

What a lovely photo and analogy. And I agree with my namesake up above.. I love that shade of blue.

Willow said...

The blue is beautiful on a hot or cold day. It looks like the door doesn't get opened much. There are storage boxes stacked next to the balls.

I love door photos...

Anonymous said...

Lovely photo! Very mysterious.
It's such a shame that such a lovely colour doesn't have the same effect in our light. Good idea by the way: a door series!
Bye.
Carolina (oops, forgot to sign in)http://brinkbeestinenglish.blogspot.com

Daryl said...

Noticed the balls and boxes immediately. I wonder if the door is accessible ... looks almost as if there's shelves on the inside .. or stuff stacked up against it....

Mrs. Organic said...

I am fascinated by doors, and these are a lovely example why. Love this shot!

Tessa said...

I, too, am a 'door fanatic'! Gorgeous photograph, glorious blue.

Fremantle certainly is a beautiful port city. I love the kind of Mediterranean feel to it, with the sidewalk cafes and funky shops.

Bart said...

I could have sworn you posted this picture before...

Alyson (New England Living) said...

That is beautiful!

jinksy said...

Only an open door could look more inviting than this one...

Sarah said...

lovely picture

Seamus said...

I just love this shot! I think it's so important to create an entryway with some interest!

Maggie May said...

I love it. Definitely cool!

Pijush said...

This is an excellent capture David. How are you doing. I was off for few months and back again:)

Rebecca said...

That's a gorgeous picture. I love the contrast!

Thanks for stopping by! We've met blog-to-blog briefly months and months ago, before I took a very long break. A much too much long break, which will not happen again for quite some time!

I am pleased to re-make your acquaintance and am looking forward to more of your beautiful photography!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

what is it about doors and windows mesmerising again David...

George said...

I enjoyed the picture. The overall effect is certainly inviting.

simon said...

almost looks like a door you would find in Morrocco!

joan said...

I love doors that are interesting and pretty. Wish we were enjoying a hot summer night around here. It's more like a cold, frigid night tonight. LOL

Woman in a Window said...

And that blue is so satisfying. (What's up with the crap piled behind the door though? Notice the box and ball overhead?)

The Muse said...

i tremble at the sight of old architecture!

holly said...

this is a door that just screams 'photograph me!'

very well done. you'd probably have been going against the law by *not* getting this shot.

i so want my door this colour now.

tara @ kidz said...

Very cool.

Gillian said...

David
Again thank you for the blog visit. I always enjoy reading yours, I'll have to bookmark you.
I've had a super busy week with no blogging but stopped in here to thank you for your comment and to also tell you I just LOVE your photography.
I'd like to make it to your beautiful country one day.
xoxo!
Gillian
p.s. Isn't Shay awesome?

Sandi McBride said...

Amazing how cooling the color blue is...I don't think I can say the same of any other color. Lovely doors, make you want to enter in and escape the heat.
Lovely shot
Sandi

Jules~ said...

I have always been amazed at how color affects my emotions. I can imagine how refreshing this door felt for you on a hot evening.

Of course, I had to really think for a minute....as I scrape off ice on my windshield....it is summertime in Australia.

KathyB. said...

Blue! Blue beckons me and settles me. I have painted all my outside doors blue, different shades of blue. Our house is NOT blue...but my husband gave in and allowed the blue. I love that picture, it is worth framing. Hilary is right, you should do a door series!

Jay said...

I would have been captivated by it, too! What a wonderful doorway! And somehow mysterious, too,

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Lovely. I have a thing for blue doors. On a trip to Paris last year, I found myself seeking them out.