Thursday Doors: Aging Doors

Last week, I shared photos from our recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico of doors that were bright and colorful. Although I am drawn to vibrant colors and bold contrasts, I also appreciate doors that aren’t quite so pristine. Some are fashioned from a hodgepodge of materials, some show the natural patina of time and weather, and some have been sealed off, no longer used for their original purpose. (I’m pretty sure an analogy can be made to our human aging process, but I won’t go there.)

Like so many gates and doors we saw in Oaxaca, I really wanted to see what was on the other side of these:

This next one is for Dan, who likes his Coronas served with a wedge of lime:

Although the actual door isn’t visible, I love the aging art that surrounds it:

Doors that no longer open:

Thursday Doors is a link-up of fellow door aficionados generously hosted by Norm Frampton. Head over to his blog to view all the amazing doors he and others have posted.

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83 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Aging Doors”

  1. I took another view of these doors, in that they made me think how sad it is that they have become so neglected. Unfortunately, Mexico is a third world country and buildings would be the last thing money would be allocated to them. It would be interesting to know what they looked like 50 years ago when people took pride in them.

      1. Now is clever, perhaps it is stop light fingered people from thinking that there is nothing of worth in that building? The boarded ones are where the stories have finished and new ones to begin surrounding it.

  2. Great collection of aging doors. So much character…a bit of drawing, a bit of leaves, a bit of decay, a bit of mold 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  3. You have to appreciate the care in which that last ghost door was filled in. Great attention to the original details. I think it adds to the building.

  4. Oooh, good point on the human aging process. Not us, though, Janis. We have a lot of vibrancy left in us. 🙂 I like how you separated the two groupings of doors. You take amazing photos, Janis! Your photos evoke emotion and tell a story. Possibly why “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Thank you for sharing and I look forward to connecting in 2020!

  5. Oh, so pretty! I have always wanted to do a Thurdsay Doors post. I have some good door photos from when we walked el Camino de Santiago this fall.

  6. Janis – these are really unique and like the mood, extras, and patina on each – my fav is the first one because I love the number 23 – and the door has that and more. I also wonder what is on the other side… hmmmm

      1. Well not really that much with the number – I have a lot of numbers I like – 3, 7, 19 – hah! So many it is kind of watered down- and it does look tall

  7. These doors certainly have a lot of character, Janis! Fantastic gallery. And still quite a bit of color to be found. Hard to pick a favorite, but the one with the ivy is incredibly rustic. Did you knock on any of them? 🙂

  8. They are marvellous! They surely would have some stories to tell. It just goes to show, whereever you go in the world, you can find intersting doors.

  9. Hi Janis! I actually prefer these doors to the ones from last week. Some of those doors (last week) could have been from my home here in La Quinta because they were a little too “tidy.” These doors from this post are more real life looking…especially for much of Mexico. And that’s part of why I love the country so much. While many take great pride in their homes and their “doors” there are others who for whatever reason or not don’t have the time, money or inclinations. But still they are fascinating. Thanks for the glimpse. ~Kathy

  10. [1st pic – Sta. Ma. Ozoletepec?] I wonder if ‘201’ is actully the house number. If so.. My, what an unusual entrance!

    [The last pic] Now this is what I call ‘humor’. 🙂

    1. I think that was the house number. I couldn’t see beyond the gate… but I bet the actual house was pretty interesting too. I love “ghost doors” (doors that have been sealed over). You see a lot of them in Mexico. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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