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I've always liked old walls, old doors and skeleton keys. They keep people in, or they keep them out. Ultimately, they convey a sense of mystery, and serve as a reminder of the generations of individuals who’ve passed bye. This particular door is located close to the church tower "A Veritable Stage Set" that I submitted a month ago from Saint Paul de Vence, an hour by car from Cannes on the French Riviera. Indeed, in the 20th century this artist colony served as a hangout for Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall (the latter is actually buried in the local cemetery), as well as actors/writers Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, James Baldwin.

But clearly this massive wooden door has been restored to its medieval appearance, and will show a different character as the wood begins to decay and the iron hinges and bolts begin to show rust... in the next century or two. Perhaps its greatest charm now is in the rich wood tones and textures, and the contrast in light and shadows created by sunlight striking at a grazing angle.

A few years ago I submitted a photo to Trekearth entitled "the Bargello Gates" in Florence, showing a side entrance to the greatest sculpture museum in the world. Before that I submitted a photo of the archway with Norman carvings at the entrance of the Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. These three gates comprise the first entries of a group theme, Old Doors, that I just set up. Others are welcome to add to the theme.

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