Old Door, Old Door Knob and I Like It :)

I took this image last week. It’s a door I’ve passed probably a hundred times, in an old alley near my house. I love this alley, as it makes me feel like I’m 70 years in the past, and time traveling is just fun. (:

On this day I had already taken a photo of another door knob on an even older door, and when I saw this door, I decided to try it also. The other photo didn’t come out (the peeling paint didn’t work on that one), but I really love the texture of this door, along with the straight lines and the shapes.

Shot with my 105mm lens at f/7.1

Image Copyright © Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on January 2, 2012.

114 Responses to “Old Door, Old Door Knob and I Like It :)”

  1. What stories hide behind it, I wonder…

  2. Lovely lines and colours… and a perfect match of the knob and the door. You really make this simple things look amazing.

  3. Very nice! I love how the nail echoes the keyhole.

  4. I love this image. The patina on that old knob is just fabulous. A macro shot of that would make a great texture to use. Really nice composition also. Beautiful work per usual.

  5. OH I LOVE THIS!! I take such images allllllllllll of the time! I thought I was the only one. 😀

    And every once in a while, someone will notice them, as I zip past them in my folder where I keep the prints that I have placed for sale or had auctioned. They understand them! They ooo and ahhh at architecture and design and line and peeling paint and age and function and… 🙂

    I have some amazing blue doors and then some stacked doors that lean against an old house near to the door that is still affixed to it.

  6. Wood has such amazing textures and lines, hiding history in them. Great shot. 🙂

  7. I remember reading once that the major advantage old age has over youth is depth of character. Something new is pretty in itself, but when it is weathered, you know it has lived a life. This door and door knob have so much character! Oh, the stories they could tell, the people they could describe, the hands that have touched them, held them, opened them. A shiny new door and door knob convey none of that. Love this photo!

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Dezra. As I age, I agree with the statement that age has an advantage over youth in ways, and that the character of age is indeed endearing. Loved your comment and thanks so much for visiting my blog! 🙂

  8. I also like it!! Nice!

  9. It looks like a little face going, “Oh! You noticed me…?!”

    LOVE it…!!!

  10. Lovely – and how many people have touched that door knob opening the door to adventures unknown?

  11. A beautiful shot. You’ve reminded me a great fascination I once had for Zanzibar doors. 😉

  12. Great picture, Katie. I love old rustic wood. 🙂

  13. Oh yes, great capture of textures and tones here, and nice contrast between the wood and the metal.

  14. I like old doors, too, and have collection of photos somewhere.

  15. Great colours, textures and visual balance. Simple is so beautiful.

  16. Nice one! Lovely details!

  17. Nice texture and use of rule of thirds.

  18. hi katie

    wonderfull composition with geometrical shapes that i like so much

    I have in my blog one similar to this one

    your image is fantastic


    Happy New Years



  19. I love the texture and the color.

  20. Absolutely stunning! The textures, the muted colors, the vintage feel…an excellent capture!

  21. Knock ! Knock ! Knock !

  22. I love old things too.

  23. Great wood texture and nice colors.

  24. I wonder about the many people who opened that door, and the secrets that lie beyond the keyhole. Beautiful colors and textures, Katie.


  25. Metal and wood, they both make a lovely combination in the photograph. Nice work!

  26. I think door handles make great photo subjects. Love the wood grain you’ve captured too.

  27. A beauty of an old door! Gorgeous lines and colours.

  28. cool, great textures

  29. Thats great. 🙂 I live in an old house (its about 100 years old) and every so often I stare at the beat up knobs and think about shooting them. But I haven’t quite figured out how I want to do it yet.

    This door and knob has character! Great shot.

    • Ah, glad you live in a mysterious old house, Cin! My house is old too, but it was so simple 100 years ago, that there isn’t much remaining old after it was redone and made larger. 😦

  30. I always enjoy your blog for so many reasons. In fact, I’m going to do something about it…I hereby nominate you for the Liebster Blog Award.

    Liebster is a German word that means dearest,and this award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve more recognition.

    Here are the rules:

    Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
    Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
    Give your top 5 picks for the award.
    Inform your top 5 by leaving a comment on their blog.
    Post the award on your blog.

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and joy for life with the rest of us!

  31. Great textures indeed, Katie!
    Almost begs you to run your hand over it (although I’m sure I’d regret it – splinter removal is not my strong suit)!

  32. This door knob looks like a face to me also!! It looks like a face which is asking “Who goes there??”

  33. Wonderful! Looking at this image I almost feel like Alice, ready to take another step through the unknown. The knob and wood grain are beautiful. You have such a great eye.

  34. Wow! The pattern of the worn paint reminds me of moire silk, but the weathered wood texture — what an interesting combination!

  35. love the texture of old things, the simplicity and lighting is great too.

  36. Not Spamming, Just stopping by to say I have named you for versatile blogger award.

  37. Great shot, Katie! Something I’ve noticed about door knobs some time ago is that they are like faces… In this one, top two screws are the eyes, knob: nose, keyhole: the mouth saying “oh”! Lovely creature!

  38. Beautiful simplicity…something you have mastered so well.

  39. I like it too Katie 🙂 Nice composition!

  40. love the graininess of the wood. i’m a sucker for architectural details like doors/doorknobs…love the metaphors they imply.

  41. Love the weathered wood!

  42. I love this image Katie; it looks so old and interesting… and (this may just be me) it looks as if the door knob has been startled by your camera 😀

  43. My house is FULL of old doors and doorknobs… you’d have a field day! 🙂

  44. I have a fascination for doors – old and new, and photos of them from many places. I love the well-used, worn handle on this one. It makes you wonder how many people have turned it!

  45. The doorknob is cute, it’s like a surprised face!

  46. There is just so much interesting texture on this one. It is lovely

  47. I like it too! It’s a good pictorial metaphor for the new year.

  48. Doors and old wood are two of my favorite photo subjects, being both cram packed with story.

    Thank you, also, for liking my photos over on plaidoak.com. I appreciate that!

  49. I like it, the door looks so mysterious and you left lots of room for our imagination here 🙂 I keep thinking what I could find behind the door if I turned that knob… 🙂

  50. simple yet mysterious! 🙂

  51. Hi, Katie, I am very surprised that only four of all the folks who have commented on this so far have mentioned the face, and only one of them referred to Alice. As soon as I saw it for the first time, my mind’s eye immediately flashed back to the dooknob in Wonderland that squirmed away when Alice tried to use it to open the door. The Disney artist(s) must have been inspired by just such a door–maybe even this one! Good stuff!

  52. Wow! Your work is amazing! I’m glad you found me so I could find your blog! 🙂

  53. I love finding old stuff like this. I walked by a really old, rusted mailbox that I think I’m going to have to go back and shoot.

  54. I like it too! Generally, I like door knobs and letterboxes as there are so many interesting variations on how to open a door or post a letter through a slot!

  55. It looks like a painting rather than photograph…awesome shoot Katie 🙂

  56. Reblogged this on mothergrogan and commented:
    I like it too.

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