Old Doors

So I’m always looking at doors. I can’t help it. As I drive around Peoria I’m constantly looking for places to shoot, I tend to be drawn these old doors. Most are old loading dock doors on 60-100 year old buildings. Most have been painted some bright color, most likely to inform the delivery drivers to “pull up to the BRIGHT GREEN door.”  Most of them haven’t been painted in 30 years,  with some sort of lead based paint I’m sure.  Some haven’t been painted at all and have been left to rust and/or rot.

A Blue Door in an old Industrial Area in Peoria County
A Blue Door in an old Industrial Area in Peoria County

I recently found this old blue door in an industrial part of Peoria County, just out side of Bartonville.

Anna and Ella in front of the blue door
Anna and Ella in front of the blue door

So why my infatuation with these lead-painted-rotting- doors? Well they typically create great backgrounds for photos.  Their bright colors, old character, and unique look creates a great backdrop to frame a subject. In some cases the doors can stand as a subject all of their own, other times they can highlight a color or theme.

A Jeep shot in front of a rusting door in the warehouse district.
A Jeep shot in front of a rusting door in the warehouse district.

The doors work well for People and for other things. Like my Jeep, in the picture above.

Friend's Children in front of a rusting door in the warehouse district.
Friend’s Children in front of a rusting door in the warehouse district.

This is a common door that is shot in the warehouse district.

My Daughters in front of a pealing door in Peoria's Warehouse District. Dressed for a dance recital.
My Daughters in front of a pealing door in Peoria’s Warehouse District. Dressed for a dance recital.

Not sure if they were crazy from getting their picture taken or the lead paint… 🙂

Another popular door in the City of Peoria
Another popular door in the City of Peoria

This loading door is all but gone… Replaced with random sheets of plywood, some painted… some not. It still creates a unique backdrop.

A popular door in the City of Peoria.
A popular door in the City of Peoria.

A very commonly shot door in Peoria’s warehouse district. The door is green, however, here I switched this image to Black and White because it is such a commonly shot door.

Ella in front of the blue door
Ella in front of the blue door
Anna in front of the blue door
Anna in front of the blue door
Anna in front of the blue door
Anna in front of the blue door
Ella in front of the blue door
Ella in front of the blue door

 

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