(Photo by TC Gamze)
Yesterday I told one of my coworkers at my corporate job that I’m in love with windows and doors as a subject for fine art. To my surprise she shared the same passion and we had an animated discussion about our shared interest.
This got me thinking as to why I, as a moon-lighting photographer, that I’m so drawn to them. Just like love, sometimes it’s hard to put into words why you feel a certain way. You just know that it feels right and you go with it.
My love story with the photography of windows and doors came by accident, like love does sometimes. I certainly wasn’t looking for love. Sometimes it better not to find love, because it can complicate things and be all consuming. My love for windows and doors as art is so strong that I sometimes think my life would be simpler had I not taken that one photograph that changed my life.
(Photograph by Heather Gordon)
That photograph I took was of a side door to a historic building in Perth, Ontario. There was nothing special about this door that was hidden in shadow and covered in moss. But it took my breath away. And made my knees weak. I knew that when that happened that I had found love.
I’ve tried to explain my strong attachment to these architectural features. I think for me that although they are inanimate, they have the ability to speak about their history, about what they have witnessed. They are at the mercy to the elements and to human abuse and neglect. And sometimes their true beauty is only revealed once they have had that exposure.
My life has certainly been complicated by this love. I have had to spend hundreds and hundreds of hours to develop an outlet for it. It comes in the form of sharing my love of window and door photography with others in the form of black & white fine art photography prints available online. I can’t think of a more worthy purpose in life than to be able share one’s love.
Is there one form of art that you feel passionate about? One that makes you feel weak? Please share your love with us …..