I’ve been following the blog Joeyfully Stated for quite some time now. I don’t remember how I found it, but when I did, hitting the “follow” button was kind of a no-brainer because Joey is just really funny and really honest, and I suppose there’s something weirdly fascinating about the life of a stranger on the other side of the world.
Joey also participates in this blogging feature/event called Thursday Doors, which is hosted/run by Norm 2.0. From what I gather, Thursday Doors is exactly what it sounds like: every Thursday, people publish posts/photos about interesting doors. Yes, it’s apparently that simple.
Now, I’ll admit that, amongst all the other posts from Joeyfully Stated and everything else that comes up on my WP Reader, I was never overly interested in this Thursday Doors thing. I mean, now and then, I’d have a quick skim through (e.g. if the featured photo caught my eye), but if I’m pressed for time and/or there are too many other posts to read, I might just scroll past those posts. I suppose I didn’t really appreciate Thursday Doors in its entirety.
BUT when I was on holidays recently, for some reason, I randomly thought about this Thursday Doors feature, and I started really trying to notice and appreciate different doors that I saw in my travels. I guess all this might’ve come about because we visited a lot of different relatives in Melbourne, and we basically had to drive everywhere, and driving around Melbourne takes a very long time sometimes. Consequently, I just ended up spending a lot of time sitting in the back of the car, staring out the window…
On the car trip that I started this door-spotting (I think I can call it a “doorscursion”…?), I remember having this realisation that I’d never really paid attention to the doors of houses or buildings before. Being a passenger in a car, I like to observe my surroundings, but I realised that there’s a lot that I’ve always been missing. It’s incredible what you can discover when you’re looking purposefully.
What I found, however, was a tad disappointing: the majority (or what seemed like the majority) of external house doors in Melbourne were either covered by a fly-screen/mesh door, or not visible from the street (because of positioning or because of tall fences or other obstruction). But, no matter, I was determined to keep looking.
When I arrived in Launceston, I kind of struck gold – there were amazing doors everywhere. Well, I’m not sure about “everywhere” but there were a lot of interesting doors easily viewable from the street. I suppose it helps that Launceston is very “historical” (if that makes sense). The only problem now was that I felt a bit awkward standing outside a stranger’s house, taking photos of their front door… Is there some sort of etiquette to this?
Well, anyway, I took a few quick photos, and contented myself with that.
There were also several public buildings with interesting doors, but they were usually thrown wide open or there were people in the way, so no photos of those (this time…) but I did take more notice of them than I would have otherwise.
And another thing that’s great about Thursday Doors is that you sort of get to explore places all over the world from a unique perspective because, you know, it’s not all about nice photos of good-looking doors – often there is some accompanying narrative, or photos of other architecturally interesting buildings/structures. At times it’s just like being on a tour.
So, really, after all this, I’d just like to say thank-you to Joey and Norm for opening me up to the (surprisingly) fascinating world of doors. I can’t say for sure if I’ll ever actively participate in Thursday Doors again, but seeing these posts come up on my Reader has certainly given me a new appreciation of finer details.
(To be fair, Melbourne did have plenty of beautiful doors and buildings, but I didn’t think it was a good idea to try to take photos of them from a moving car (and didn’t think that my uncle would appreciate being asked to pull over every so often so that I could take photos). Also, the reaction time required was beyond me, in my relaxed vacation mode. Launceston photos were easier because I pretty much walked everywhere.)