Door, Jones Cottage, Cary, NC
Conveying meaning from a photograph sometimes depends on how the photographer approaches the subject. This photograph is one a “telling detail.” How does one convey the age of a building? An establishing shot of the grounds does not tell as much as a detail of a simple doorknob. Age is measured through observation. Multiple layers of cracked and peeling paint hint at the age of the building that has been painted many, many times. The obvious antiquated door lock shows the safety of ages past needs the reinforcing of a modern deadbolt lock. The reflected light from the window shows the striations of the old glass window. A look at this door knob and lock tells you this building has many stories to tell about the people that have walked through this door.
This photo is from “Victorian Lady,” but did not make the final show at the Page Walker Arts and History Center.