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This is Door 4!

Ages ago when I had the first go at this project I found a house with an amazing door for number 4, but unfortunately it didn’t have a number anywhere visible.  Also; amazingly I found this one while taking a walk today and they are very very similar doors and have the exact same number!  You can see the door that almost made it, here.

P.S.  If anyone knows of a pink door in Edinburgh could you please email me at pineapplelime{‘@’}hotmail{‘.’}com (without the {‘s etc, those are to fool spambots but I don’t know if it works!)  Thank you 🙂

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Door 3!  This is a very cool shop near the Greyfriars Churchyard entrance.

I’ve loved this shop and this shop front for a long time.  The window displays are always beautiful and I always want to buy things from there even when there isn’t any occasion to!

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Door 2!

I really love the triangle over this door.  I think these tenements are pre1900 because the doors are just that little bit fancier than most.

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This is door number one!  It is the main door to the Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street.

How excited I am!!

Way back when I first had this idea, the thought of the starting photo scared me a little.  I knew it had to be a bit grand and it had to be a very recognisable door on a very well-known street.  Well I don’t know about you but when I think of Edinburgh I think firstly of the Royal Mile (and secondly of Princes Street).  Now, I’ve lived here all my life and it certainly held the top spot in my mind but can you imagine my surprise when I looked up “1 Royal Mile” only to find out that it isn’t a street at all!  It’s actually the High Street.  I thought it over and of course it makes sense, in retrospect, but I was a bit disappointed for two reasons.

Reason 1:  I couldn’t photograph the imposing wooden doors of Edinburgh Castle as my first door.

Reason 2:  When I was in primary school I went on a class trip to Edinburgh Castle and fell in love with it.  I asked one of the guides “Is this the Queens house?” and she thought for a minute then told me “Yes I suppose it is!  Although she has quite a few houses, have you heard of Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle?”.  I told her I had but it was of no consequence to me because they weren’t in Scotland so I couldn’t visit.  I got home that evening and told my mum I wanted to write a letter to her to thank her for such a wonderful trip around her house and gardens.  I remember writing it in purple crayon and drawing a stamp on the envelope.  I didn’t get a reply, oddly enough… but now I know why; I simply had the address wrong!

Hello!

I’ve been quiet for a long while yet again.  I started a cookery course at college and that takes up a huge amount of my time.  But, after a lovely long holiday I’m optimistic that I can continue the 365 Doors project that I started two years ago.

The idea:  It’s pretty simple, I will take a photograph of a door each day, matching the day of the year to the door number.

The aim:  In the end I’ll have a nice collection of 365 photographs of doors from around Edinburgh.

The reason:  Well…  I suppose I don’t really have a reason.  I’m not being paid to do this or anything, I just like taking photos.  Since I started my college course on something completely different I haven’t been taking as many photos as I used to, hopefully this will blend the two areas together.

I recognise that there are a few things that might cause a problem…  I am just choosing these doors at random, they’ll have been doors I’ve passed and thought were interesting, but the people who own the property might not be ok with their door being on the internet.  Everyone has probably heard about Google Streetview and one of the cities they feature is Edinburgh.  So I feel like it’s already out there.  Of course I’d never take a photo of a door that isn’t publicly viewable.  And I would never put anything online that might identify a person (like a name plate) or the street that the door is on unless it’s a well-known business or shop.  So my solution was to get some mini business cards from Moo printed up.  And here they are:

moo cards for 365 doors

moo cards for 365 doors

moo cards for 365 doors

They are pretty adorable in real life!  The message on the back says:

Hello there!

My name is Siobhan and I’m a photographer.  I’m doing
a project in which I photograph a different door each
day.  I have photographed your door and would like to
show you the results.  Please visit the site below;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pineapplelime

Hopefully it reads well and sounds friendly.  I’ll pop this in the letterbox of each door I photograph.

If you have visited that website, then found your photo and followed the links to here: hello!  I hope you like the photo I took 🙂

I think this sums up the project nicely but if you have any questions or comments please do write them by clicking “Leave a comment” above!

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