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Doors fascinate me. Most people seem to walk past them without much of a glance, but to me they are the embodiment of mystery. What secret world or banal interior lies on the other side? Who got to decide on the colour of the paint and what marital squabbles preceded that decision (if any)? What superstitions (or aesthetic fetishes) urged people to choose dragons or bulls as doorknockers?
Last week, we went door spotting in the Dutch town of Middelburg (TripAdvisor). Nowhere else have I ever come across so many glossy doors in such a range of intense colours. Door-wise, Middelburg is the grandest city I’ve ever set foot in, with one (obvious) exception: Paris. The beauty, variety and grandeur of the French capital’s doors is unrivalled.
Then, one day later, hell broke loose in Paris. I saw it on my mobile and look, closed doors marvellously opened to shelter people stranded on the unsafe streets. Under the motto #portesouvertes, the otherwise rather distant Parisians bravely started taking in strangers from the street within moments of the first explosion. Soon the hashtag was trending worldwide alongside #PriezPourParis, #Solidarité and simply #Paris. In the whirlwind of horrendous fear, thousands of people made that instinctive statement and sacrifice. It moves me that so many of these splendid yet reserved doors turned into welcoming, open gateways.
Given the timing of this shoot, the magnificent doors of Middelburg will forever be a reminder to me of the generous doors of Paris. And one day, when those same doors are gleaming in safer Parisian streets in their lovely bleu, blanc, rouge (and many other colours), I’ll go and shoot those brilliant tokens of humanity.
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