I have had a photograph sitting in my archives for a few years, with vague plans to share it in some future Thursday Doors post. When I read that Dan Antion (No Facilities) had created a Writing Challenge based on door images, I figured this would be a good time.
Writing Challenge, you ask? Yes – Dan, the keeper of all things Thursday Doors, came up with the brilliant idea of having door photographers provide inspiration for writers.
I found this door about three years ago while on an artists’ studio tour in Southern California’s high desert, not too far from Joshua Tree National Park. It was on property owned by artist Snake Jagger, who often includes a door very much like this – standing slightly ajar, alone in the distance – in his whimsical surreal landscapes. I love that he built a three-dimensional door that looks just like the doors in his paintings. The structure is no deeper than a sheet of wood. The illusion of depth is created with perspective.
Please join in!
If you want to participate as a photographer: create your own Thursday Doors post and share your images. Be sure to link to Dan’s post.
If you want to participate as a writer: plan to post your door-inspired writing on your blog anytime between now and May 29th. (I’d be thrilled if you used my door as inspiration but, if space aliens or portals to other worlds aren’t your thing and you’d like to select another door, there will be plenty of others to choose from.) Include a link to Dan’s site and attribute the door image to the photographer.
If you want to participate both as a photographer and a writer: get busy!
For more specific information about how to participate in the challenge, please read Dan’s original announcement.
105 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Interplanetary Portal”
That door is as creepy as it is cool! This is a great door for the Door writer’s challenge.
A little creepy, a little cool. I thought so too!
Me three – creepy and cool
That is so cool! Joanne and I were just having a discussion on perspective this very morning. Excellent use of it to fool the eye. Thanks for sharing, Janis!
I really like how it looks like you could walk right in. I wonder what’s on the other side of the door?
Oh my goodness, Janis, that’s a perfect door for a writing challenge! Thanks so much for sharing that.
I’m glad you like it! I already have my story half-written. I hope others find it inspiring too.
I’m glad to hear that you’re participating.
Hi, Janis — Cool idea! For those who read more than write, just in case you don’t know about it — Seanan McGuire has started a YA series of novellas about kids finding odd doors, going through them to a world that suits them (but is dangerous), and then being shunted back to our world. The first one is called Every Heart A Doorway, though I liked the most recent (Across the Green Grass Fields) better.
I loved reading those types of books when I was young… the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe comes to mind. I’ll check that author out!
Love your door photo. There’s something compelling about it.
Thanks, Ally. The artist had all sorts of interesting things around his property… but this was my favorite.
I like it. A few ideas come to mind. Maybe…
OH YES! I hope you follow those ideas and, perhaps, come up with a story or a poem.
Janis, I hear Jim Morrison stirring around. Keith
Haha! Maybe he’s on the other side of the door… just behind the space alien.
He can fly in from Paris where he is buried.
Dear Keith, if Jim Morrison, before he stepped out into eternity, did not make peace with Jesus Christ, then Mr. Morrison is in no condition to jet-set around.
That’s great! I look forward to reading what you come up with!
I know I’m not the first to say it but it is cool! The power of perspective.
Isn’t it great? I love that it looks like you could walk right in.
Very cool, Janis. This would make a great writing prompt!
I thought so too… in fact, I’m working on something 🙂
My husband has been friends with Snake since they were in their 20s in Palm Springs. We have a photo with Snake with the door as a background.
Oh, wow! I met him briefly during the open studio tour and he seemed like a really nice guy. I love his art. I’m looking forward to writing my story based on his door.
I think that’s a great story prompt! I can’t wait to see it.
I hope to publish it sometime next week. Stay tuned…
That is wonderful! I’ve come across doors/portals in other sculpture gardens, but never anything like this. I wanted to walk through the door until I saw the alien peeking around the corner…
That little alien is a bit of a question mark… right? Friend or foe?
I love the full-size door and all the teeny doors he paints into his paintings. Very imaginative.
Wow, that’s quite spooky! Took me a while to see the little face.
He may be more scared of us earthlings 🙂
I think it’s a pretty cool idea and executed perfectly. Reminds me of the full-sized painting of a door that an artist friend gave to our younger daughter and looked just like a door in the apartment. 🙂 What an excellent find and the little alien head peeking out is so funny. I’ve been in that area and there might be aliens but you’d never find them in that vast emptiness.
That sounds like a wonderful painting… what a terrific gift. The high desert is vast – there are all sorts of places for aliens to hide there :).
I used it once for Thursday Doors, too. The gift that keeps on giving. 😁
That is so cool…wonder what the alien’s doing haha 👽
I’m not sure what he is doing… perhaps you should write a story (hint, hint 🙂 ).
That would be hard because I am not good in writing. 😂😂😂
I photographed some quirky stuff near Joshua Tree, but missed this door. Dang! Next time.
The property – and door – are probably only available to the public during the studio tour. You may have been able to see the door, but you might have been arrested for trespassing 🙂
This is very cool! Like many, I had to take a second look to find the alien’s face😂. What an interesting piece of art!
Isn’t it great? The door is interesting enough, but the alien makes it… I don’t know… charming? sinister?
How cool — the little guy is a bit freaky but the door itself is brilliant
I think he is adorable 🙂 Maybe not very cuddly, though.
Love the installation art door!
I love the its surreal nature, especially set in the desert like it was.
What a great find! … and it checks all the right boxes in the creepy category 😳
Makes you wonder what you’d find inside, right?
The door colour is nice and that alien face behind it stirs imagination. Thanks, Janis, for sharing Snake Jagger’s art. #ThursdayDoors
Isn’t he great? I love the imagination.
Wow, Janis, that is one funky and creepy door! 🙂 It’s all in the perspective, definitely. And this might be fun to write about, too.
I thought it was the perfect door for the writing challenge. Are you going to participate?
It is definitely the perfect door for this challenge. As to participating, not sure if time allows. I’m still working on my book, and we’ve just become empty nesters. Exciting, bittersweet, emotional. 🙂 And I’m not the fiction writer that you are, but who knows! Maybe I’ll give it a shot. Have a great weekend! 🥰
It doesn’t have to be fiction. It can be non-fiction, poetry, or even a song. But, I certainly understand how life can get overly busy. Hang in there!
True. For some reason, fiction comes to mind. We shall see. Have a good weekend!
Very cool door – and inspiring, too. But what I find most appealing is the fact of where you found it, and the fact that it is a ‘sculpture’.
BTW: I remember your door photo posts being just as inspirational…just sayin’.
Have fun with writing a piece prompted by your door during the challenge.
A lot of people apparently find doors – their form, function, and what they represent – inspirational and I was happy to discover this artist does too. I love it when I get an inspirational spark to write a bit of fiction.
I love this door and it was the inspiration for my response to Dan’s challenge. As always, thank you for the inspiration!
I’m so happy that you used my door for your wonderful story! It was a fun read.
What a cool idea! I’m amazed at how many creative people there are out in the blogsphere, you included. I enjoyed looking at Dan’s blog and Snake Jagger’s art. Thanks!
I agree. It never occurred to me when I started to blog seven years ago that it would connect me to so many interesting people. In fact, I would have never discovered Snake, or his amazing door if a fellow blogger, who has since become a good friend, hadn’t told me about him and the studio tour.
How cool is this?????
Isn’t it a great door? I really want to go inside and see what’s there.
Oh me too…
Interesting door in the middle of nowhere – hmm, is that rock a doorstop or holding the door in place?
It was fun to see it just standing there… just like in his paintings.
Absolutely brilliant! What a great find.
Thank you! I hope it inspires a story or two.
I can see why you would save this photo, Janis. Such possibilities right down to the checkered floor. As I read further, I see how it is an illusion. Fun! I enjoy reading the “Doors” posts. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Erica! Yes, I’m glad that I saved the door for this challenge (not even knowing there would be a challenge).
Better get busy, Janis! 🙂 I think you are the perfect person to use this door as inspiration for your next story of fiction. Or, non-fiction. 🙂 A wonderful, thought-provoking piece of art. Smart!
I hope to publish my story this Thursday… stay tuned 😎
What a fascinating piece of art and perfect inspiration for a story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thank you, Christie! I hope you also enjoy my short story (inspired by this door) that I just posted.
That truly is an excellent, creative door!
Isn’t it great? The perspective is spot-on.
I watched a Jimmy Fallon hashtags segment last night. One person said, roughly: what if the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs was actually an UFO, and the aliens are us?
Right? I know. Creative thought.
Ha, what an interesting door. 😄 Here is our take:
What a lovely collection of doors!
Thanks so much, it was fun recalling all of them!
I completely love that door, it ticks so many boxes for me and is quite bonkers.
Haha! Yes, it is a bit bonkers. 👽
That is one cool door, Janis! I had to look twice!
I love his use of perspective… it makes you want to see inside.
This is an awesome picture. I’m linking it to Story Chat as well. Too cute.
You’re welcome. 🙂
Cool image. It reminds me of a novel I read recently, “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix Harrow. The story is about portals into other worlds. I enjoyed it.
I’ll have to check that book out. Another blogger recommended The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, which also has passageways and doors throughout the novel. So many books, so little time…
Hi – I really LOVE this door and the way you noted Jagger the artist includes these in his works.
Also- it was nice to know that folks “sit on” a photo for a while – or should I say have them in the archives waiting for the ripe time.
And this one would make for a great story!
Perhaps a time travel piece or something where a person could take an adventure by entering –
I have quite a few photos that I have taken months – or years – ago that I hope I can use eventually. I used “my” door as a basis for my short story, Just Passing Through (next post after this one). A couple others used the same image for their stories too, as part of Dan’s writing challenge, so I guess it spoke to them also. I love that this funny little door inspired creativity!
well I like this door so much I might have used it if I had seen it in the options – but I also was in a hurry (trying to join in after a break from blogging left me a little short on time)
anyhow, I look forward to reading the Just Passing Through post 🙂
Actually, it looks like you did read it (it was posted on May 6), and commented. 🙂
Oh wow – am I reading in reverse here / ??? I need to go and refresh on this one – lol
But now it makes sense because when I left your blog I was so curious as to why you would be writing about a door for Dan in June and wondered if he made it a monthly challenge (which would be fine by me)
I am logging off for night and will be back later
Have a nice day
That’s such a great find! It brings back memories of the old Rod Serling series, “The Twilight Zone”. Thanks for sharing that image!
I’m glad you like it! My next post, Just Passing Through, is the story I wrote based on the image. I hope you like it!
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