Zanzibar's Stone Town has some of the most beautiful doors that I have seen, with exquisite and intricate details.
In Stone Town, there were around 806 wooden doors dating from the era of Sultan Barghash (1870-1880). Designs originate from Arabic and Indian influences.
During the 1980s it was recognized that many of the old doors were being removed and exported, endangering the cultural heritage of Stone Town, and it was a concern that the art and craft of carving would be lost. But now they are preserved.
Mama, take this badge off of me
I can't use it anymore.
It's gettin' dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door.
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
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daddo (26482) 2013-11-15 22:01
Hi Wanda. Not the usual engaging human study but not any less captivating as the door like a human face shows a past history and the effects of time. I had heard about the pillaging of these doors and am glad that your note ends in a positive key. Best wishes. Klaudio.
jjcordier (79295) 2013-11-15 22:58
Une photo de très belle qualité de ce vieil anneau de porte. Beau rendu de la matière et jolis tons d'image.
dkmurphys (55827) 2013-11-15 23:07
May not be the heavens door but is beautiful for sure. Charming detail, I like it a lot.
Enjoy a great weekend.
siudzi (34141) 2013-11-16 0:32
Excellent close-up of this interesting decorations. Perfectly managed DOF gave a truly fantastic visual effect here. Like it a lot!
Have a nice weekend!
bukitgolfb301 (39578) 2013-11-16 0:42
Hi dear Wanda
So artstic, tatseful and poetic image covered by so fantatsic color. Great and perfcet cropping in the perfect framework at all.
All the best and have a good weekend! TAKERO
rbassin (21698) 2013-11-16 1:14
une très beau détail du travail du bois et du métal.
Bien fait, bonne netteté.
sevy (15367) 2013-11-16 2:53
Nice title, well fitting this shot.
I like the composition balanced between the wood sculptur in foreground and the metal ring in background, also using a graduated blur.
Then, the unity of color in the gold range is ending to get this charming shot.
I never went in Zanzibar, but when I see all the shots you posted, the ones of André and Yquem46, it is giving the wish to visit this island.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-16 2:59
hi wanda. wooden doors of zanzibar are indeed beautiful. you found a nice detail to be captured. good dof on the "flower".
dta (74789) 2013-11-16 3:27
Bonjour Wanda ,
j'adore ce genre de détail . Superbe utilisation de la profondeur de champ (chose que je ne sais maleureusemnt pas faire) .
holmertz (48856) 2013-11-16 3:58
A very nice detail from this old door. I love the fine texture of the well worn wood. The nice woodcarvings to the left are deliberately out of focus but the beauty of the craftsmanship is not lost.
amaryllis (36455) 2013-11-16 5:58
une vieille porte mais avec beaucoup de charme et la poignée dorée
l'oeil est bon!
parvatibb (1387) 2013-11-16 9:23
Amazing details! This summer I was lucky enough to see them with my own eyes :)
Have a great Sunday
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (15124)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/20 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Doors [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-15 20:46