When Nuno declared on August 1st that the theme for September 1st was going to be doorways I was determined to win, even though this is not a competition, so they say. ;-) I am sure that there are heavy contenders out there; it is big world, you know. But, I narrowed down my rivals. First, MarieMcC, from Alexandria Daily Photo, because she had a three months experience already with her Doorways Around the World. Second, Nuno, from Porto Daily Photo, with his unassuming “the most usual doorway here. They are everywhere.” (Big mistake Nuno, you foretold us what you had in your hand). La Antigua Guatemala is a tiny town, but I know we can compete against the big cities with doorways. You can see even more Antigua’s doorways here or at Doorways Around the World where MarieMcC has been so kind to publish them.
Now, the story behind today’s photo. I knew my doorway had to be spectacular; I thought it has to be a church or a ruin doorway. They don’t make doorways like that anymore. So, the choice was simple: Iglesia de la Merced with its bright yellow and baroque-styled walls was impressive and one of Antigua’s landmarks. I waited for a day without rain and a beautiful sunset, I didn’t wait long. The church of la Merced is facing west so the light of sunsets makes it even more yellow and warm. I took a few shots at different angles, and after reviewing the photos for best composition and color, I discovered this image where I had framed the shadow of a tourist. This vista had all the things I wanted: a doorway, human life, color, shadows, contrast, elaborate details, and a surprise. I hope you like too; tell me your opinion either way.
You can go now to visit the other doorways that the Daily Photo Cities have for you today. Enjoy the trip, I know, it will be well-worth your time.
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