Julian Ray Photography


“Where do you find all these amazing doors?” Recently a friend asked me as we were walking down a street.

That question caused me to stop and reflect. Where do I find them?

Doors to me are a very enticing subject to photograph. They represent and reflect much of what is on both sides of them. A door that is dull, austere and severe says just as much about the person on the other side as does a colorful, whimsical, and inventive one.

Doors can be invitations or warnings. They are a label and a greeting. Always a door is the opening to another story.

By looking at a door you will learn much of what is on the other side. A little rickety tin door with a splash of color or a flower hung on it will often reveal someone far more generous and wealthy than the person a massive, ornate, and ostentatious door struggles to conceal.

As we talked and walked down that street, a gentle little voice offered us a tiny, shy “hello”. We turned to see a smile peeking out of a door.

I thought about my friend’s question. ‘Those doors are all around us. You have to be open to seeing them,’ was my answer.

‘They are all around us,’

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“When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.”
― Joseph Campbell

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
― Walt Disney

“In addition to wreaking havoc on our bodies, anger close our inner door, making us feel isolated and distrustful, hindering communication.”
― Tenzin Gyatso

“You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world.”
― Daisaku Ikeda

“The doors of wisdom are never shut.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.”
― Helen Keller

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.”
― Meister Eckhart

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
― George Washington Carver

“Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”
― Alexander Graham Bell

“Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.”
 ― Alexandre Dumas

“When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.”
― Ho Chi Minh

“You will never get anything you want if you will never give yourself a chance to chase it. You will never get a YES and will always get a NO if you never ask. You will never know how adventurous life is if you will never open your door and see what is on the other side. Let go of your fears and doubts, it doesn't have any value...Rather have a little confidence, it is not expensive…”
― Rizzi Vicci

I look forward to seeing you walking around out there.

Julian Ray

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