Way back in September I briefly mentioned my side Instagram account. I can't remember when exactly I started The Doors of Dublin, but it was ages ago, definitely over a year! I had been following Ashlina's Doors of New York page for while. The images she posted were stunning. I love New York, and I've been there a few times now, but what surprised me about her photographs were how insignificant they were. I could very easily have walked past any of these beautiful facades staring skyward at The Empire State Building. Doors are pretty basic really, they have a simple function and we use them daily without a second thought. At university I studied architecture and the incredible designs and purpose in buildings never failed to astound me. The doors Ashlina snapped ranged from regular styles you or I wouldn't look at twice, to intricate, glittering works of art, like that Versace-esque gold detail below.
Images from @thedoorsofnewyork on Instagram
I think I must have been half-joking, half-bored when I set up The Doors of Dublin. I don't really remember making the decision. I just remember suddenly walking about my city looking at all these grand (and not-so-grand) entrances and thinking about how they came to be and what lay behind them. Ireland's capital is small, as cities go, and a lot of Dublin's centre is taken up by Georgian Terraces reminiscent of our rather British-centred past.
You can buy postcards, posters, and even cushions covered in Dublin's colourful Georgian doors. And they're bright and no matter how similar they might look, there's something different about each one, even it's just chipping paint. I love Georgian Dublin and these doors but I also like everything else about Dublin. Other doors need postcards too! I started capturing some of the best doors I walked past, and didn't think much of it, I liked doing it. I enjoyed appreciating little details of buildings, and the account slowly gained a few followers.
images taken by me for @thedoorsofdublin
In September, someone linked me to a Buzzfeed article Ailbhe Malone wrote entitled '16 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Dream of Ireland'. Low and behold, look who's at number 9?! The Doors of Dublin. I was pretty delighted, not going to lie! This was a hobby (maybe not even that) of mine. I was just happy someone else liked the account!
That week I reached over 1000 followers! Amazing! Over 1000 people liked Dublin's Doors!
Today, the account officially hit 4000 followers! I can't even picture what a crowd 4000 people would look like, the number doesn't really mean much. But just imagine ten strangers standing on a cold, wet street in Dublin admiring a door together. Yes, that would be quite weird. But also, cool. I like that people like this. I like that other Dubliners, and non-dubliners are tagging me and hashtagging their doors and I get to share their photos. It's this strange, unexpected chain. I love seeing other people's pictures and seeing people tag their friends in the comments of mine.
I don't really know what else to do with the account apart from just continuing to do as I've been doing. It's become one of my favourite things, and I don't care if that's sad. The connection with other people feel's very cool. I want to walk past someone on the street photographing a door and then seeing that in my tags! Life is funny and people are interesting. That's it, I guess.
If you live in Dublin, or visit Dublin take photos of doors for me. I check the hashtags regularly enough so get busy!
#thedoorsofdublin #doorsodoorsfdublin #dublindoors
If you're a dork who likes doors too - follow the account, why not?! And do some searching for doors in your own city! Set up your own 'Doors Of' Instagram! Do it! I want to see them all!
I'll be back soon. I'm thinking about writing a post about the internship I've started but undecided still. Hmmm. Hope you're all well. x