Through The Lens Thursday #12: Door

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Door”.

Colorful door in Paris

Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/40, f/9.0, ISO 200

I’m cheating today with this photograph, as I took it back in January, in Paris. I’m going through a benign neglect phase right now, which means I haven’t been going out much, and the doors in my home are just dull. 

There is no door in Malaysia that can compare to this one that I stumbled upon while walking along Rue di Rivoli, arrondissement 1. I wonder who painted this. Was it a bunch of different people at different times? What was the original color? Has it been painted over many times? What’s the story behind this door?

And that, my friends, is why I love travel and photography. So many possible stories.

(What do you think of my ‘door’ photo? This IS a photography exercise, so I would appreciate any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: Looking Down

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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  • March 20, 2014 Ann

    I wish I were brave enough to have a door like that; maybe someday when I stop caring what other people think. Congratulations on your big news too! How exciting for you and your family!

    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I would LOVE a bright door in my home too! And thank you.

  • March 20, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    Now THAT is a door, Alison! Woweee!! Beautiful.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      It is, thank you!

  • March 20, 2014 angela

    Gorgeous. The door and the photo ๐Ÿ™‚

    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Angela.

  • March 20, 2014 Bev

    Wow, that is an incredible door! I would love to know the story behind it as well.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I really should go find out!

  • March 20, 2014 Julia

    That door is gorgeous! And can I just say congratulations again, so excited for you and your family- wishing you a healthy and happy 9 months.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you very much, Julia.

  • March 20, 2014 Allie

    How can you NOT love this door. It screams “Take my picture!” So glad you did so you can share it with us.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      It did! I walked past it twice before I had the opportunity to snap this.

  • March 20, 2014 Nicole

    Upcycling travel photos for months (and sometimes years) on end is absolutely acceptable and in no way constitutes cheating! What a beautiful door. And a beautiful thought on all of the stories and experiences we gain from traveling!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Travel is truly awesome!

  • March 20, 2014 Tamara

    It’s a beautiful door, and I think I understand a lot now about your benign neglect. Heck, if I were you I’d be getting nothing at all done.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      It does feel like I’m getting nothing done at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  • March 20, 2014 Greta

    That door is gorgeous! I love the angle of the photo.

    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! It really was the only way I could capture the whole door (or step out on the street and risk getting run over).

  • March 20, 2014 Kerstin

    Now that’s definitely a door worthy of Through the Lens Thursday!
    I love it! The doors is probably hundreds of years old and was painted like that in the 70s, when the hippies occupied the house ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Great picture (and genius to plan ahead like that ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Good imagination, Kerstin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • March 20, 2014 Heather H

    Wow…that is an amazing door!!! SO colourful! Perfect for the first day of spring and for Through the Lens Thursday!!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Heather!

  • March 20, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    OMG OMGOMG! HOW CAN I EVEN FOCUS ON THIS PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR FACEBOOK NEWS?! CONGRATULATIONS! I am so overjoyed for you! WOW! Your kid count is literally doubling!!!! What a huge announcement, how many times can I say congratulations without sounding like a freak? OMG!YAY!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Hah! You’re hilarious. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you.

  • March 21, 2014 Natalie

    I love this colorful door!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I do too!

  • March 21, 2014 Kir

    the door and all it’s colors (like Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) made me smile.
    I loved the angle and the thought of all the stories behind it, all the stories of the hands that have pushed it open, pulled it closed .

    just beautiful.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I did too. The stories, oh, the stories.

  • March 21, 2014 Allie

    That is truly one of the coolest doors that I have ever seen!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      It is the coolest door I’ve ever seen ๐Ÿ™‚

  • March 21, 2014 Rorybore

    Ahh -it’s perfect! this is exactly the kind of interesting shot I had been hoping to capture. Or at least, discover a door half as interesting. Imagine indeed the stories this door could tell. That’s what I love about this shot: all the colours and angles are shown, and there is so much going on — but its not at all overwhelming. You just want to walk right through that door and see if what is on the other side is half as interesting.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I kinda wish I did walk through the door!

  • March 21, 2014 Roxanne

    I love the vibrant colors. I really think you captured them well in this photo. Thanks for sharing!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Roxanne!

  • March 21, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Very beautiful doors – it looks so whimsical ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your benign neglect phase! Take Care Alison, -Iva
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I am, thank you!

  • March 21, 2014 My Inner Chick

    I love love love that door.
    it has MUCH character & color…
    like you, Alison Lee xxx
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you Kim. xo

  • March 21, 2014 Christine

    This door is amazing. How gorgeous.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      It is, and it is.

  • March 21, 2014 Kim

    That is an amazing door! So much detail and colour.
    Those possible stories that different places can tell? That is one of my favourite parts of travel too.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I love the details and colors too. So much.

  • March 21, 2014 Katie

    Now THAT is a door. Gorgeous.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I said that same thing when I saw it the first time.

  • March 21, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    I love the way this photo is taken, slightly to the side. The colours are fabulous. Clare x
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Clare.

  • March 21, 2014 Janice

    That door is beautiful. One of the things I loved about going to visit Puerto Rico were all the lovely colored houses. Wish some of that color would pop up in my neighborhood. I would love to have a door like that.

    And, CONGRATULATIONS!! TWINS! Benign neglect is understandable when you’re carrying twins!!!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I am fascinated with colorful doors! And thank you.

  • March 22, 2014 Kimberly

    That is phenomenal and should be hanging on a wall for a pop of colour. Great job!
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      I should print it out!

  • March 24, 2014 Michelle

    I love taking pictures of doors…I do it everywhere I go. I might have to write a door post even though I don’t have any new travel ones, since I haven’t been anywhere in a while and the door to my house is not so exciting.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Please do, write that post!

      • March 26, 2014 Michelle

        I did it! Of course they are not current pictures, and I only dug up a few from my trip to London with my daughter, and my favorite door picture of all times, but they’ll be on the blog tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • March 24, 2014 Stasha

    You nailed the exposure which made the colors show their true vibrance.
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    • March 24, 2014 Alison

      Shucks, thanks Stasha!

  • March 26, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    Congratulations, Alison!! That’s such exciting news!! I don’t know how I missed it. Twins. My goodness:):)
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    • March 26, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Jennifer!

  • March 26, 2014 Andrea

    What a great door! And an awesome photo, too. I hope you blow it up and print it out to hang on the wall in your house. Or my house. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • March 27, 2014 Alison

      The day we decide to put things up on the wall – yes!

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