Thursday, May 21, 2009

Don't Dampen Your Spirit

Closed Encounters Of The Third Kind

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON



These were not the easiest shots to take, because I had the sun coming strongly at my lens from about thirty degrees to my left. But a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do, right? So I cupped my left hand around my lens hood and did the best I could do in the circumstances.

It’s a great door, isn’t it? Double door, really. Wooden surface. Painted yellow. Great stonemasonry surrounding it. But what sort of door is it? And how do you get to it?

Here’s an interesting piece of information. You can’t just walk up to it. Not so easy, mate. Why? You want to know why? Here’s why ….


It’s got about 10 metres of water in front of it. But yes, there is access. Let me explain. This is part of a side wall at a major Melbourne swimming centre with four pools. This is one of the smallest pools and yes, there is a walkway leading to the yellow door, but you can barely see it because of the angle of these shots.

It’s simply a door that leads to a storage area. But someone with a flair for design has endowed it with a special character all of its own. The aquatic mural is, of course, painted. And the stonemasonry? Yep, that’s painted on the wall as well.


For earlier posts in this series, check out The Doors Archive.

34 comments:

Sonia ;) said...

Amazing what paint can do..and how our eyes perceive things. I love Doors..the shapes,colors and stories behind them.

Smiles,
Sonia ;)

Daryl said...

So its now 'what's behind the gold door?' ... as always you got a lot of splash for your dive .. that quick dip inside the community pool has netted you some very good shots - no surprise there!

The Muse said...

I promise not to willingly or knowingly dampen my spirit!

I found myself imagining that yellow door...opening into Atlantis...

Maddy said...

Murals and doors! Could there be a better combination?
Cheers

Pastor Sharon said...

What an interesting mural! I love that someone has the talent to paint in proportion to make us want to walk through that stone wall door and see what awaits on the otherside.
Great photos!

GreenJello said...

I love the reflections of sunlight in the pool. Very interesting picture!

Jazz said...

Taht is so cool.

Shadow said...

gotta hand it to some architects...

Gaston Studio said...

Hmmmm, I think I would have muted the color so that it would blend in better with the mural... but I love your photos.

willow said...

Great shot, David. Love that yellow!

Mojo said...

The mural is astonishing! It really takes a second look to be sure that the stonework isn't real. And I'd have to guess that the walkway in front of it doesn't allow for a lot of maneuvering room with the camera either. Well played sir!

Speaking of things not always being what they seem, I had a similar moment last weekend.

The Doors #14: "What's In a Name?"

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Neat!

Sheila :-)

immersion said...

Bravo to the artist . . and to your appreciative eye.

Reader Wil said...

Hi David I was looking for your R word but came through your doors, though they are beautiful, I cannot link them to the ABC letter of this week! I shall scroll down to see if there is a R word.

Grace Albaugh said...

I love when people take something common and make it spectacular.

mssolitaire said...

Beautiful door!!! I love the painting around it... very cool!

Eddie Bluelights said...

You could have walked right up to it, David, because you can walk on water my friend as far as photography is concerned. Very interesting ~ Eddie

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

Now that's clever, I had to keep looking at them to see everything. Very cool, indeed.

Artist Unplugged said...

Love the yellow doors and the trick of the eye from your camera shot. Like all the information that you provide with your photo!

Suldog said...

I love it when someone takes the ordinary and does something to make it special.

Not only has the painter done that, you often do it here. God bless you both!

jay said...

Doors and doorways are very important to us humans in terms of imagery and symbolism. I used to have nightmares about them!

This one is rather jolly though, isn't it?

Merisi said...

Fooled the eye. Perfect! :-)

Lola said...

Trompe l'oeil, visual illusion in art, esp. as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.

On the contrary, there's nothing deceiving in your blog, David. You're talented, period. Out there. Tangible. For all of us to feed on daily. Grazie for that.

Ciao

Maggie May said...

You've got me interested in doors now and they are more fascinating than I first thought. So many different kinds.
Your first picture had me guessing. Was it a car!
Obviously not!
Strange that the water looked as though it lapped right up to the bottom of the yellow doors. Until you look closely that is.

Jacob said...

Very interesting. A golden door that is almost impossible to get to that leads to not much. Heck, they had to paint it up to look good.

That kind of "graffiti" I like!

Sarah Laurence said...

You always find the most interesting doors. I enjoyed how the perception changes as you back up and get the full perspective. Delightful!

Sandi McBride said...

Ever since having to jump in a pool with full regalia (gunbelt, pr24 cuffs, etc etc plus wearing a bpv to prove that I could save a drowning person I have a terror of swimming pools ..I wouldn't get past that narrow walkway on anybody's life...pretty, but not my cup of tea!
Sandi

Beth said...

For some reason, this makes me want to have a yellow door.

SandyCarlson said...

That's not a door; it's a world! Amazing stuff, David.

Martha Z said...

That makes for a colorful and interesting wall in what would usually be a dull spot.

Ms. Neha Gandhi said...

how did u even come up with the idea of this photo... u r simply wonderful...

i loved the mural behind it too.. dont know if its ur photography or the artist's art...but it looks real on a first look

its wonderful that u gave such a common things...such a beautiful perspective

u simply rock :):)

Maria-Thérèse said...

Great photos - and I was completely fooled by the painted rocks! I love it when creativity has a life of its own like this - no one had to paint it so beautifully, I suppose, and they didn't have to paint the door bright yellow...

Sarah said...

Very nice - love this one - I love the door handle pic too!! Sarah

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Very cool! Gives the swimming area a little more excitement with the mural.