Photographer's Note

I'm surprised that this is the first photo of this site on TE, such is its popularity! Granted, this isn't the best photo, but I had to post it: it ain't too common that a house, or rather, its door, has "fans," but this is an exception. It's so popular and has become such an icon (if you can call it that; Palm Springs is a pretty out-of-the-way place)that the house, or, rather, the polychrome door, has its own hashtag. It's a pretty spectacular shade of pink, I have to admit. Not an obnoxious neon pink, which scalded many a retina back in the 80s and early 90s: no, this one is more a soft, pastel, bubblegum sort of pink. The door is also large: it's about ten feet tall, framed by what appear to be blue agave (?) and serves as the centerpiece of an otherwise rather drab, mid-century modern house with bright green grass and a rather expensive-to-maintain lawn. A New York interior designer, Moises Esquenazi, is the person responsible for the door, and a rather extensive facelift of the entire property. He owned it from 2004-2008. Reportedly, his partner's mother is responsible for the pink, which features throughout the house, even the waterline tile in the pool.

This door has become something of a phenomenon, and now tourists from all over the world come to take photos of it, standing in front of it, in various awkward poses, which has apparently become a bit intrusive, but what can you expect when your front door has a hashtag and its own Instagram account? Another Instagram superstar, I suppose. If you want to stop by, the address is 1100 E. Sierra Way, but apparently the owners have got somewhat uppity. There's now a sign in front of the house, on the grass, which says NO PHOTOGRAPHY, so apparently they've had enough... but, too bad: the owners themselves created an Instagram account for their door (although they've apparently deleted all the content except for the admonition not to photograph their house!). They wanted attention, and they got it. To that end: don't trespass, but they DON'T own the street OR the public sidewalk. In the US, you are perfectly within your legal rights to take photographs of whatever you can see from a public space, whether it's from the road or the public sidewalk in front of the house. I think I would, rather than trying to infringe on people's rights to take photographs from a public space, put up No Trespassing signs on the lawn instead so random strangers don't approach the house itself, on private property, which is understandable. So, stay legal, PHOTO ON, and Enjoy!

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 78 N: 746] (1561)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-04-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-09-08 13:14
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