The beauty of old doors
I am fascinated by the beauty of the old doors. That is the reason for most of the motives in this webshop to be older doors and windows. An old door threws light on a long time's use and maintenance - and maybe decay as well.
I aim to show the many variations of doors that was a sign of the local carpenters' skills before the present industrialization. Many of the images stem from the centre of medieval towns. Other images are from the quarters near railway stations mainly built 1870-1900.
A door leading to a house tells about the life of the people living and working in that house (Transsylvania, Romania)
Plastic windows: No, thanks
I am not fond of plastic windows and doors. Plastic windows are affordable, and they are much more comfortable in wintertime than decayed, single-glass windows.
But if you buy new, industrially produced plastic doors and windows for your old house, you abandon all of your local building tradition. The plastic material demands larger dimensions around the glass so that plastic windows are easy to recognize. Further:
- The colour of the plastic is only durable if it is white. Other colours fade away.
- Plastic windows and doors will wear out quicker than regular, wooden ones
- The sound of closing a plastic door is just like the sound of closing a wet cardboard box
The real thing and the plastic version (Silkeborg, Denmark)
Plastic windows in Eastern Europe
As I travelled through Eastern Europe in the summer of 2011 I realized that in a few years a lot of the nice, old buildings will have plastic windows. For some of the less nice buildings it will be an advantage - but I fear that it will be plastic just anywhere.
Flats with new plastic windows in Baltysk, Russia (12790-doorphoto-com). A van from Oknoplast in Krakow, Poland.
Advertisements for Samson Windows in Ukraine and for Viknoplus in Moldavia
Grafitti, a contagious plague
Grafitti starts in the small, and suddenly it is a plague that has contaminated all of the neighbourhood. It may be tags only, or it may be true pieces of art that other artists in turn cover with their tags.
Here you see the creator and the man cleaning up (00098-doorphoto-com)