Have you ever been walking through town or on a morning hike when you came to a standstill, entranced by something that caught your eye? Perhaps it was something out of the ordinary, such as a child’s sidewalk chalk drawing, or perhaps it was something unexpected, such as a brightly-colored alley door you’d never noticed before. Did you then reach into your pocket or your pack and pull out your camera–professional, personal, polaroid, or phone–and capture that intriguing image? If so, you’ll appreciate our Focus series, which celebrates the art of the unexpected photo and the community of photographers who embrace and encourage our infatuation with the visual image.
Our first title, Focus: Love, explores the enigmatic and compelling nature of the heart: a wrought iron heart in a gate; a candle flame flickering in the shape of a heart; tree leaves, oyster shells, uncurling fiddlehead ferns, clouds, graffiti, even cobblestones all assume this familiar shape in oftentimes unfamiliar places.
Our second title, Focus: Passages, delves into the photographic community’s passion for the evocative power of doors, tunnels, and other passageways: bright city doors; moss-covered hideaways; underground tunnels; stained-glass cathedral entries; open or closed, each passage has a story to tell or questions to ask.
In celebration of the recent release of Focus: Passages, we’d like to share a very cool book trailer with you:
We’d also like to GIVE these books to one of you! We are giving away a copy of Focus: Passages and its fellow Focus title Focus: Love. To be entered for a chance to win these two books, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, November 1st. One winner will be selected at random on Thursday, November 4th. Click here for the official rules.
We asked the photographers in Focus: Passages to reflect on the nature of passageways and what the concept of a “door” means to them. Here are a few of their quotes:
“To me, a door symbolizes the liminal space between one place and another. A door equals transition, metamorphosis, progress, opportunity, and the unknown. Yet it also equals a sense of comfort and a sense of home.” –J.C. Fink
“The world is full of doors, both actual and imagined. A closed door is a mystery that urges us to solve it, while an open door is an invitation to a friendlier place. Is something hidden behind a closed door? Is that door a test? What if we opened it and walked into a secret world?” –Christian Cable
“A door is like the wrapping paper on a present. You never know what you’ll find—a room, a tunnel, a staircase—until you open it.” –Pirlouiiiit
“Doors hold the promise of a new experience.” –Pace Ebbesen
“Every door takes us to a different world. Every door is a silent witness of history. When I see a special door and capture its image, it makes me think of the people who have crossed its threshold.” –Leonardo Ramon Diaz
“A door is a connection between two worlds—my own familiar one and an unknown one. A door is a thin film that’s easily—and not so easily—penetrated, a boundary between two worlds that are possibly in conflict.” –Abel Pau Garcia
“As a photographer and wandering spirit, I view doors as symbols of possibility and hope.” –Stephanie Hatzakos