My contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors this week is doors with a nautical theme. The door with a porthole is similar to one I included in an earlier post, but it comes from a coastal port in Cornwall, instead of Ireland. Maybe, over time, the porthole got miniaturized to become the peephole that is now a common feature in doors?
This is the second instalment of my posts dedicated to doors and this week’s contribution to Thursday Doors. This week I have selected two doors from southern France.
These two doors are located in the city of Narbonne, which is located in the former region of Languedoc (now Occitanie) in south-west France. Narbonne is an ancient city, established in the second Century, and located on a major Roman road that connected Italy with Spain. The city became a regional capital, and it reached its zenith in the 12th and 13th centuries, after which it declined in importance.
Both doors are very Medieval in appearance, and one can imagine that they looked the same hundreds of years ago. The diamond motifs and the use of studs are two characteristics of Medieval-style doors.
From a young age I have always been interested in topical collections. My first memories from childhood include collecting matchbook covers and swizzle sticks. My matchbook covers were usually collected on the streets near home. Swizzle sticks often came from further afield, including vacations with my parents, when we would be served drinks with a swizzle stick for stirring – usually just a Coke for me!
Later on, I started to collect stamps with a common theme. My choice was to collect stamps from around the world that pictured airplanes, which evolved to include rockets and satellites once we entered the space age.
In photography, my first topical collection was based on circles, and I printed many black and white images of circles, which I mounted onto cardstock. Those prints are long gone now. More recently, I have been collecting digital images of front doors during my travels.
Doors can vary in design, size and colour depending where you are in the world. I have included a few images of residential doors that I have discovered and enjoyed in England and Ireland.
There is a national TV network in Canada named CTV. Back in the 1960’s CTV introduced a new logo that incorporated a circle, a square and a triangle to represent the “C”, “T” and “V” respectively. This logo has survived for 50 years and it is still going strong, even though the ownership has changed over the years. I believe that the use of simple geometric shapes is part of the reason for the ongoing success and recognition of the logo.
The following are three sample images that utilize strong geometric shapes and patterns.