The Blue Door

In my relatively young journey into urban exploration, the discovery of color in the midst of grunge and oldness is something to be treasured. Especially if it’s in contrast with the stuff surrounding it.

A pretty stark wall…dirty whites, grays and blacks make up the textures of the bricks and pavement, but all the plainness just enhances the pop that comes from the blue doorway.

What’s interesting about these old doors and alleyways that I find in downtown Phoenix is that most of them appear to still be used. The sign on this door looks like it was installed recently so I can only assume this loading dock sees frequent traffic. That sign actually bothers me, I almost tried to “Content Aware Fill” it away…but it didn’t look right and I also felt that wasn’t something I needed to start doing.

My urban exploration so far as been solely on the exterior of things. Because of that, I feel like I am doing a lot of these kind of images…finding awesome doors and walls and shooting them straight on. In my head I hear the words “cliche” pop up because everyone takes shots like these. But I still enjoy them and I like the framing. I have another one coming out later on that I love even more. What makes these unique is that they come from downtown Phoenix and may show people the urban portion of the older areas that haven’t been seen before. And for that I’m really enjoying this stuf.f

Soon I’m going to try to make headway into the interiors of the older buildings and see what happens.

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Awesome work Mike. I think with stark contrasts like these, the straight on approach works very nicely! Well done!

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  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Nice shot Mike. The head on angle works well with shots like this

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Good call keeping the sign in there. I actually think it adds a bit of off0center focus to the door.

  • http://photoblogalliance.com Brian Haferkamp

    @Mike:

    Thanks for not getting rid of that sign. There are times when I remove things, but I feel that in urban photography shooting things as they are found makes more sense. For me, urban photography is about finding and documenting more than it is about creating. So thanks for leaving the sign.

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Great shot. Love the blue and white contrast. Be careful inside the buildings, but have fun!