Black and White, Detail, Landscape, Photography, Thursday Doors

Barn Doors (for people)

The sort of doors that I’m likely to come across are those in a more rural and less populated setting. Basically, I’m not often found in areas where a lot more humans like to gather, build towns or cities and live fairly close to each other and therefore the exposure to fancy doors protecting the incumbents place of residence from the elements and world in general is limited.

However there are a good few doors around here that are protecting other buildings and providing access by humans occasionally. Namely agricultural barn doors. Not the modern hangar sized things for getting huge machinery, livestock or crops in and out but the human sized ones, used when farms were also more human.

Of course, things have moved on, so often these old buildings are often prettier than the functional doors they’ve been left with now. The buildings themselves are probably not used for the same purpose as they were built for but offer secure storage for a myriad of mysterious farmy things.

The one worry I have about having chosen to do some Thursday Doors is revealing itself as ‘not really thinking it through’. Eventually people are going to get tired of these sometimes old and sometimes not fancy doors and I’ll have to go to places there are people in to find more loved ones.

Anyway, I liked this one because it has a white (ish) door contrasting with an impenetrably dark window and there are a pleasing amount of regular man made geometric shapes, interrupted only by the little unruly amount of nature creeping in at the doorway. I accept that the door itself is nothing fancy.


And I like this next one because it shows that these are doors in buildings that are not used frequently now, some are left uncared for, unpainted and weathered and the nettles and all sorts of weeds and lichens take up residence. If you look really close there’s a snail, always a good addition to a barn or shed door.


And in close up you can tell that no expense at all has been lavished on the door furniture. This is probably the farmers way the world over.



Of course, thanks to Norm for hosting, have a tour around a few of the more interesting doors posted this week by clicking here.

21 thoughts on “Barn Doors (for people)”

  1. I’ll take a weathered and characterful old door potentially dripping in decades of stories over a shiny well kept one any day of the week, Thursdays included! Love the makeshift rope handle – necessity is the mother of invention!

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    1. I’m glad you like them old and weathered as this is fairly standard in my neck of the woods (or fields).
      Just remember, after a while you may think the repeats have started but no, it’s just another North Cornwall shed door… 😉


  2. Old buildings showing their decades of use, wear and sometimes repair are nearly always more interesting than the shiny new ones. The best of them seem to have grown up out of the land rather than having been built. Share as many of them as you wish.

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    1. Thank you Steve, I have been challenged to find more creative door furniture as well so I have incentives to keep my eye out for more of that too!


  3. Greetings Bear!
    If I ever wondered whether there could be such a thing as a philosophy of doors, it has been found here. What defines a good door photo? Do we prefer something new, glossy and well-maintained or something old, decrepit but with loads of character? I am intending to photograph and post my front door soon which is overdue for a paint but we’re going to repaint the house and change the colours so I’m not sure that it’s worth it. There are a lot of bumps and knocks, missing paint on our front door. It needs help. But it has character. One of my favourite door scenarios, was my grandfather’s garage door, which was held shut with a metal can opener. Photos to come there too. He lived in Queensland and they have their own wooden architectural style called a Queenslander house. Something I’m looking forward to sharing.
    BTW I read your about page and read you live with MS. I live with a chronic auto-immune disease myself, dermatomyositis and have also developed Institial Lung Disease. I have infusions of IVIG every 3 weeks in hospital for five years and met many people with MS in there having treatments. So, I tend to see people with MS as my colleagues. I also have a close school friend who has developed Motor Neurone Disease. It’s been terrible to watch her suffer and be able to do so little.
    BTW I play the violin and was recently researching cellist Jacqueline du Pre who died from MS. I found this interview and really appreciated the content, although many have criticised the interviewer:
    Best wishes,

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    1. Now that’s a comment. 😉

      Thanks Rowena. Yep, the MS is not progressive at the moment, it’s Relapsing Remitting which basically leaves me nearly unaffected in between attacks. I just always have a fairly inefficient battery where I need about 4 hours of recharging for every hour of activity.

      I had infusions of some steroid or other once, then I had 4 hours worth of energy for each hour of the day until it wore off and left me sleeping for a month totally exhausted afterwards! I have chosen not to have them anymore, or the daily injection I was doing of another drug… downsides outweighed the upsides for me.

      Thanks for the link and I hope you can continue to enjoy your writing and doors too. 🙂

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      1. I know exactly what you mean about running out of energy. I try to alternate between activity and rest, which isn’t always possible with the family. I went to an interesting meeting this morning for a disability mobility website which is like a disability version of trip Advisor and its showing accessibility for things like cafes, movies, hotels and tourist areas. I met some lovely people and enjoyed meeting people in a similar situation and there was that common connection. I’m doing really well atm and you’d need a trained eye to pick up on my residual symptoms unless I’m tired.
        Take care & best wishes,

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