Photo Essay: The open doors of service
The collection of doors here were all photographed on a week’s sojourn to Istanbul, notably in the old bohemian Fener and Balat neighbourhoods. Doors in old Istanbul, like in France and Italy, were constructed as status symbols for the wealthy – the more money the more impressive one’s front door. This resulted in an aesthetic heritage of a fanciful and ornate collection of doors throughout Istanbul.
Aesthetics is wonderful, but these doors represent a lot more than beauty. Doors are ascribed an important representation by various cultures. A closed door generally symbolises a lost opportunity that leads to an unfulfilled need. An open door, however, represents something good – favour, blessings and opportunities. All these are wonderful, but perhaps my favourite symbolism of an open door is that which provides the one who walks through that door with an opportunity to provide a service to someone else.
My favourite, Sartorialist, Chris Nelson, pictured above as he gallivanted in Brescia, Italy couldn’t have put it better. His take on open doors is quoted below:
Open doors to me are opportunities God creates for us to be a blessing. For I will bless u to be a blessing. Our blessings and opportunities are not for us to enjoy alone, but for the benefit of others so that our joy may be full
As you gaze at the photos below, do spare a thought on how you could render a service or a helping hand to someone today!