A Door in a Wall: Neither Here Nor There
Posted by Melissa
This month, I’m being a bit random, but I think that will be okay because I will use pretty pictures to support my randomosity. Today’s blog is about the neither-here-nor-there kind of magic. Luckily for us, it’s a kind of magic that we can all access.
It’s a truth generally acknowledged that every wardrobe could lead to Narnia; every locked gate might one day – mysteriously – be unlocked; every dark forest path holds some fantastic secret just out of sight.
You might also get that feeling that certain times of day are more special. Photographers do a lot of their best work at sunrise or sunset. Dawn and twilight produce the best light, a light that makes everything look more wonderful. That’s a kind of magic, too. It’s a time-between-times, neither day nor night.
Doors, too, are an in-between. They are places between places, neither inside nor outside – the connection between the two. I think that’s why a “door to another world” makes so much sense. We know the door is meant to take us somewhere. We know, somehow, that a door is not quite anywhere (unless you count “in the wall” which is just as mysterious and non-place-y as “not quite anywhere”, in my opinion) and so it could lead just about anywhere.
And, most importantly, we know that we have to make the choice to open that door, step through, and see what happens. If you accept the possibility that the door might take you somewhere you didn’t expect to go, that choice is a thrilling one.
I suppose I could get all metaphorical and literary and say that a book is a type of door, and a magical one, at that. You open it and it takes you somewhere outside of your place and time, all the while acting as a connection between you and both worlds. But never mind that. I’m more interested in actual doors. Because those, to me, are an oft overlooked bit of magic.
The question, I suppose, is what sort of place do you think each of these doors would lead to? Each one has a personality, so what kind of world ought to be waiting on the other side?
About Melissagenerally in love with things Celtic, mythological, fantastic, sharp and pointy, cute and fuzzy, intellectual, snarky, cheerful, or some combination thereof. Such things as sarcastic bunnies wielding claymores might come to mind...
Posted on September 5, 2012, in Art, Faerie, Fantasy, Inspiration, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Melissa Rogers, Narnia, Photography, Travel and tagged door, fantasy, gate, imagination, magic, Narnia, otherworld, photography, time between times. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.