Can photography improve the look of your home?
This project was born out of frustration with our front door at home. As with most homes bought from developers, the quality of the fittings isn’t great as they tend to fit the cheapest items they can find.
The front door was one of those cheap ones the developer had fitted. The front of the door has some features but the back is a flat surface you’re more likely to find on the door separating your garage from the house. It is quite ugly and has bugged me for some time.
About 3 years ago we decided to replace the door, so we visited one of those (big name) door places and placed an order. When the door arrived, the finish was so bad that we had to send it back and the store was so un-cooperative that we decided to cancel the order altogether.
About a month ago, Leisa (my wife) and I went to a different door place and although they had some nice doors on display, we couldn’t agree on what to get. What I liked she didn’t and what she liked I didn’t. Typical? So we left to avoid a full blown argument in the store.
The creative flow
As I looked at this ugly door every day, I started to have some ideas about perhaps decorating it and being the photographer that I am, I decided to try something quite different.
We live on the historical Sock Route in Kensington and although the saleyards are long gone, a lot of the original features such as the bluestone alleys and fences etc. have been preserved. The Stock Route is quite picturesque all year round but more so in autumn when the leaves turn red and yellow and fall to the ground.
As this is pretty much the view from our front door, I decided to take some photos and blow them up to the size of the door. The challenge was to give the illusion that the hallway almost ran into this natural park. The photo was printed on canvas and the quality has turned out quite well.
The moment of truth…
Yesterday I spent the day mounting the canvas on the back of the door and felt that I did a pretty good job. It even crossed my mind that perhaps I could add this to my photography business. I knew somehow that it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea and waited with anticipation for the avalanche of comments to pour in.
Leisa came home and liked it instantly. She felt that, “Yes it is unexpected and looks different from your standard painting on the wall but hey, why not?”
When my teenage daughter came home later at night it was a totally different reaction. First she thought it was a joke. She obviously didn’t like it and as I ignored her she was frantically taking photos and this morning I got the news: Social Media doesn’t like it! Take it down.
Okay I get it, but this is a very small sample from a few teenagers. They are generally rebellious and more often than not disagree with us on pretty much everything anyway.
What are your thoughts? Would you have something like this in your home?
Please leave me a comment below… and hey, you don’t have to be polite, I can handle the truth.