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Coincidences, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2006

Coincidences, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2006

A Marrakesh merchant is using this door as an easel to display the art prints he is selling. I moved in on the print, cutting it nearly in half, stressing the triangular flap that is bent backwards over its corner. I stressed the flap because its shape echoes the double triangular molding on the door. Incredibly, someone has also embellished the door molding with a flowing feathery white fringe, coincidentally echoing the feathery white skirts worn by the elongated dancers on the print. The entire image seems to be in motion. There is a wonderful lesson in this for us doors can tell stories, accidentally or on purpose. Discover them, and interpret them.

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Phil Douglis12-Jan-2007 18:54
If seeing metaphors everywhere is a failing, Tim, then I must plead guilty to the same flaw. I posted this image to stimulate metaphorical thought. Art can indeed take us deeper within ourselves. And to enhance your metaphor, art can also open a door to our souls.
Tim May12-Jan-2007 18:11
Ok, ok I know I see metaphors everywhere, I know, I know its my failing and my strength - but here I see a metaphor for how art can take us deeper into ourselves.
Phil Douglis11-Jan-2007 04:53
You are right -- there is a bit of one-upmanship going on between painting and door, Gil.
Gil Hidalgo11-Jan-2007 03:16
Is as if the painting is mocking the door. They come alive in this relationship. " I am mocking my next door neighbor"
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