A door is for opening. And for closing.
That is the first line of an online article on how photographer Robert Colmer took photos of 3,000 doors of New York City in the 1970s as part of a project named Doors, NYC. While this ‘door series’ may appear random or even chaotic at first, there is a particular form of pattern and coherence linked to it. Whether it is the angle in which the photo is taken, if there are quirky details or people – each photo represents a particular interest that Colmer had in that image before him. Inspired by German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher who are known for creating somewhat symmetrical series that made the boring beautiful, Colmer goes one step further and creates an interest, a desire to know the story behind the photograph.
Philosophically, doors are representative of being portals to the past but also the future. The old and the new. The crossing of a threshold towards a new start and new opportunities while leaving behind old baggage.
As we move towards a new year, I present my door series. One which, while it may first appear like a random collection, it is representative of different paths we take. Both open and closed doors. Photos that are taken full frontal or from a side angle. I ask you to look at each door and think about what you think you would find should you walk through it.