This post is simply about collection of doors that attracts my interest during our recent travel photography trip. They came with various characteristic. Some with stricking colors, while other with seasoned feature. It can be just a simple doors like what we can see in our hometown. Doors with padlock are common in Nepal especially when visiting Bhaktapur & Patan.
I haven’t done any research about the doors role against local community here in Nepal but I suspect it must be related to Buddhism practice. The way they paint the doors with striking colors, amazingly detailed hand carved woods tells us how important the doors are related into their life. Only the windows and doors are mainly painted or decorated while the other part of the house or building left seasoned.
From photographic viewpoint, it is very easy to photograph the doors or windows. There is no need to deal with people so you don’t think about your life and death of asking people to photograph them. You can do it even with your phone’s camera. No special technique and if you like me, no need to carry any lighting equipment to get this done. Often time when travelling, I will pack as minimal as I could so that I don’t clutter my mind of taking care of my gears in my bag while moving around. The less the better.
These are my collection : Doors of Nepal
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own. – Susan SontagLife is like riding a bicycle: you don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling. – Claude Pepper
While in Nepal, I’m pretty sure you will attracted by the detailed carving on doors and window at homes and even at their shops.
Even you’re in streets of Kathmandu, this exotic looking windows & doors are everywhere. For locals, they even don’t notice about that rich carved doors because it was just normal to them but not “everyday” to me. You can see this even in impoverished homes or building. Their little doors say so much about where they have come from, their struggle and their optimism for the future. These are “an inevitably essential part of the architectural complex and received considerable embellishment in spite of the limited scope offered by the trellis-like tracery of the window-panels. They are examples of artistic perfection within the confined frame-work of geometric precision.” Wood-carvings on a window or door is not only a decoration, but there are religion, myths and tantras (mysticism) interwoven in it. You may not imagine that there are technical names for the component parts of a window. But there are meaningful words for them. Every part of a window represent something of religious significance. (click here for further reading)
These are some my collection of the beautiful work of Nepal. The Traditional Nepalese Carved Windows & Doors
While travelling, it is easy of me to neglect such detailed carvings. These are kind of boring shots. Most of the time, I will wait for someone to enter the frame to add more point of interest as well as to provide better story telling. I do have some of it in my collection. For this post, I would only present it without any subject so that we can appreciate those amazing work of Nepalese.