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Photography: Inspiration from Doors and Windows

Updated on July 20, 2016

Open or Closed

When I travel with my camera, unique windows and doors is what I look for, they tell a story all their own. I had the opportunity to visit Gloucester Cathedral in England, I have to admit I was interested by the whole Harry Potter experience. However, when I entered, I immediately had a feeling of deep respect for such a magnificent Cathedral. I was allowed to bring my camera in but I remained as discrete as possible. The blue stain glass, in one of the many rooms of the Cathedral, was stunning, as was each side room I entered. The red door was one of the many doors inside the Cathedral. There were people praying in all corners of this large, breath-taking Cathedral, with respect in mind I left and came back later.

Doors and windows are all around us. We push them and pull them open and shut. We use are hands to open doors, sometimes, we use our feet to kick them open. They get broken and fixed, they're preserved and they are made to protect. When I see one, its telling a story, I take a picture. Having the chance to travel, I had the opportunity to see some of the oldest and most beautiful doors and windows.


Within the beauty there is also humor. In New York, on the way to walk the dogs, there was 'Fred Flintstone' on a garage door. I was glad I had my camera. I chuckle even now when I look at that photo. It makes me wonder who spray painted it on, how long has it been there and how long did it take to do. I even wondered if the owner did it as a joke or woke up one morning laughing or screaming.


This window is from the inside of a Medieval Castle in England. Broadway and the Cotswolds was a magical place. A stay at Abbots Grange is truly a magnificent experience. Abbots Grange is the oldest structure in Broadway. It was built in the early 14th Century. The Institute of Archaeology acknowledges it's historical importance and the fact that it still fully functional. And if you happen to own a helicopter they have a landing pad as well.


This building was in Gloucestershire, England. As my Fiancé and I walked down the streets I spotted this gingerbread looking house. It stood out among the rest and I imagined what story it may have told.


I will always have a love for taking photos of windows and doors. During that time; it also has given me the chance to see things beyond the streets and buildings. I look for other things now too.


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    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      Hi isenhower33 ,

      I'm surprised I didn't know. Gothic Cathedrals are something on the top of my list to see. I have traveled a lot over the past three years and I am pretty sure I still haven't seen one. With all the Cathedrals, Churches, Cemeteries, even a Medieval a castle I've seen, what I really wanted to see was a much closer trip. Now I have to Google :)) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bobby Isenhower 

      6 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Nice Photos :) Have you ever seen the inside of Gothic Cathedrals? The have designs carved into the Indiana Limestone, its a very beautiful site. The ones im talking about are in New York City :)

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      Hi SimeyC,

      Thank you.

      I guess I'm just nervous about it. Just like I am with showing my artwork, some how I feel like it's never finished, like some of my paintings.

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      Simon Cook 

      7 years ago from NJ, USA

      Very nice hub - why are you worried about your writing - you write very well - in a very easy to read style....

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      Enlydia, your just breezing through :) thank you for taking the time to read them. You came along just at the right time. I want to publish a hub and I'm tired or just stuck. You are giving me sweet motivation. Thank you very much.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I love windows and doors too. I love the one you have of the red door, and the other one with the light shining in the castle window. Beautiful. Rated up.

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks Ghost32, Sounds like a cool plan to me. I chuckled when you typed... "portals". "That is, the openings to mine shafts and caves and such." I knew what you meant, I just started thinking of outer space anyway ;)

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      7 years ago, to take this inspiration...and my Canon PowerShot...and do a photo essay on "portals". That is, the openings to mine shafts and caves and such.

      At least, that's what this "windows and doors" Hub made me consider doing. Someday.

      Voted Up and More.

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      I just hit the share button by accident.....sorry

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks Frank,

      It was hard to chose which ones to put in the hub I have so many! :)) It is a great idea for a hub...humm... now you have me thinking too... but go for it!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      Cara I too love windows and doors.. they inspire some tell stories.. some haunt great idea for a hub up and awesome!!!!

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      Hi Made,

      I am glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for visiting and for the vote up.

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      Madeleine Salin 

      7 years ago from Finland

      Interesting hub. There are so many beautiful details on old buildings. I know exactly what you mean. Voted up!


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