Architectural photography has a thing for stark Soviet brutalism and clean-cup crisp edges of contemporary towers and skyscrapers. Bella Foxwell's new series of photographs looking at the most interesting front doors in London provides an off-kilter entry into the genre.
In a series worthy of Wes Anderson, Foxwell captures the odd and idiosyncratic nature of London housing. Gravitating towards the wealthy, her images offer an insight into the well-groomed yet vaguely eccentric demographic of people that are actually able to afford a house in the English capital.
Her Doors of London Instagram page is a true curiosity and has amassed a fair amount of followers for what might seem such a niche subject. Often brightly coloured or embellished with grand floral displays, from themed decorations to the iconic ivy of Victorian and Georgian era facades, the doors are as a door should be - inviting.
Having chosen to document such as accessible subject in one of the world's capitals, Foxwell has opened up a particularly symbolic interpretation of architecture, something that can often be lost in the more documentary-driven style of images.
Talking about the door as muse, she said, "It's partly that I admire people who put so much pride into their front door, particularly those that are very daring, with a strong shade of paint or extravagant door knocker." before continuing, "And it's partly that doors are very symbolic. Whether it's because they represent new opportunities, or because they remind of home. There's something special about them."
Having began doing social media for brands, Foxwell wondered if she could create something herself that both interested people and engaged with them. The centred aesthetic of architectural images has become more prevalent for those outside of the discipline through the rise in social media. Particularly the more extravagant and quirky styles that Foxwell features in her photographs manage to have a crossover appeal.
Just like Wes Anderson's cinematic vision, the photographer likewise has a penchant for picking out the kinds of doors that catch people's eye. For her, she has discovered that it's mainly "the brighter, more colorful doors framed by foliage tend to perform better." That might not come as a surprise.
We scroll down news-feeds with a limited attention span and subtlety seems to have fallen by the wayside. Nonetheless, if we are looking at doors, there's no end to what is able to pique our interests. Certainly when one of these well curated pages come along, they have a way of inspiring people to see other everyday objects as a similar source of curiosity. Be it doors, lampshades, postboxes or phoneboxes. A good idea with good execution is all it takes and it's easier to realise now more than ever.
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