Bright Light And Slightly Opened Door
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For the purpose of this discussion, I would characterize this photograph as a found recorded observation.
In other words, this was an unplanned photograph that I created as a spontaneous response to the visual I was experiencing with my eyes and mind. I was seeing and thinking about what I was seeing which was a “bright light and slightly opened door”.
While teaching at a photography school in Bethesda, Maryland, I saw the door ajar while looking for my assigned classroom.
Above all, I need to see the final photograph as a result of my process of making the picture. Because when viewed from that perspective I can critique my composition in a useful way.
To put it briefly, the visual consists of a white door that is slightly ajar. In addition, the door jam and the striker plate, also white, can be seen because the door is ajar.
Furthermore, the intensity of the light illuminating the door is much less than the intensity of the light illuminating the inside of the room. As a result, even though the picture is filled with “white”, the tonalities of the white are different enough to cause the room to appear as a pure white, with no detail (washed out)
To be clear, any symbolism mentioned is only from the perspective of my own thoughts.
For starters, in my mind, closed doors represent a blockage or hindrance. While an open door represents an unhindered entrance/exit into different spaces.
If a door is wide open can clearly see what’s in the space. And if the door is partially open we can only get a glimpse of what lies beyond the door.
The doorknob represents the effort that it takes to open closed a door.
And the horizontal scratches on the striker plate represent that this door has been opened/closed many times with some extra effort required. Because, I imagine, beyond simply turning the knob and the relatively easy effort of pushing/pulling to gain access to the new space, the horizontal scratches indicate that there was some extra force involved to overcome the friction caused by the tightly closed door.
As a result of the washed out white on the other side of the door, a sense of wonder or curiosity arises. However, since it is a clean, pure, white light, it seems like it would be safe to open the door fully.
In addition, since the tonality of the door facing me is darker, it is more enticing to enter the brighter space than to stay in the dark space.
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