You might not pay too much thought to a door, not focus on the details. The chipped paint, carvings, door knocker – these all seem rather ordinary at home. But on your travels, you might pay a little more attention to these characteristics. When I was living in Mexico, I was thrilled by the cultural differences between my adopted country and my home, and the doors were a constant source of intrigue for me. The facades’ vivid colours first and foremost, as back in England we are very sensible about our houses and we like uniformity. But in Mexico, the more kaleidoscopic the better, for colours brighten up the most ordinary of objects, and this reflected the local culture magnificently.
Camera in hand, I travelled across central and southern Mexico eager to capture the diversity of its doors and imagine the stories behind them: here’s a glimpse of what I found.
WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA DOUTY