Pilsen Doorway 1221

Pilsen Doorway 1221 by Harvey Tillis.

The Magic Doorway

I arrived early for a meeting and decided to walk around the neighborhood on a hot morning in June. Found this scene waiting nearby.

The slightly slipping, not quite fitting brick at the top of the arch caught my eye. Its imperfection made this doorway perfect for me.

The first issue dealt with was making sure lines were as perfectly horizontal and vertical as possible – a concern I have more than ever these days. I don’t remember being as concerned about them in the past. Now they scream out at me in everything I shoot.

Light was very bright, but not direct meaning I didn’t have to deal with strong shadows.

Modern doors and whimsical graphics combined with classic architecture in this apartment building entrance. I included the thin branches with leaves in the upper right as well as a sliver of the store front with window display on the left to add interest and context.

We are in a newly revived century old neighborhood in Chicago.

Each section of the image was processed separately to achieve the look and feeling I wanted. That included punching up the areas over the doors with special attention given to the blue mosaic and winged golden face. 

Lily pads and flowers needed different levels of brightness and contrast. Same for the graphics on the glass in the arch.

I think of this doorway as a magic place that could lead to new, unknown adventure.

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