Thursday Doors – March 23, 2017

“Royal Ontario Museum - Front Doors”

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Royal Ontario Museum – Front Doors”

Today, something more local (I’ll return to Mexican doors soon).

The doors above are the old main entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, known locally as the ROM. I say old doors because these are the original front entrance to the museum. The main entrance has since been moved to the extremely modern ‘Crystal‘, which faces north, and is, in my opinion, ‘boring’. Don’t get me wrong, the architecture is very unique, but the doors do nothing to enhance it.

The old doors, facing east, are beautiful; embellished with wonderful stonework and carvings, the windows above inset with stained glass. I did not have my Nikon with me but was able to get a nice image of the doors and surrounding architecture with my iPhone. The light that morning was quite subdued but balanced. This image would be difficult to make mid day, all the features would be washed out, as you can see in the linked Streetview image.

When I made the image, this past Monday, I was very deliberate to take the time to really look at the door and its details. Despite that, I still missed many things, like the unique columns above the door and the wonderful scrollwork at the very top. So much so, that I cropped it as I made the photo. Though, it is quite grand and hard to fit in the frame. I did, however, notice the bright blue banners to either side, which looked like the sky and framed the facade, isolating it beautifully and giving it the appearance of standing alone.

In considering the image further, I realized that these doors are no longer used, except as an emergency exit, which is a bit sad.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/120 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 32

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26 Comments on “Thursday Doors – March 23, 2017

  1. That really is a stunning facade – nicely captured Ed.
    Old doors no longer in use is kinda sad, but not that uncommon especially when the building has undergone expansion. The Musée des Beaux Arts here is another example

  2. I know this is about the doors, but my eyes automatically go up to the beautifully crafted windows – wow! Thanks for giving us the whole view!

  3. Those doors are a touchstone for so many people. When I returned to Toronto from a period of time in the U.S. some years ago, that was one of the first places I wanted to go (the ROM, not so much the doors) But walking past those doors always made me feel a heritage of some kind.

  4. The ROM “non-entrance” is one of my favourites. You’re right about the new north entrance. It is plain glass and boring. Sigh.

  5. On the plus side, if it’s only used as an emergency exit, it’s probably easier to get a good photo without people walking in and out (?)

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