Sunday Morning – Garagedoor

Door number 1?

It’s amusing that the WordPress Discover Challenge focuses on the story behind a door, as that has been my story this weekend 🙂  One of our garage door openers decided to fail on opening with a horrible ratcheting noise that indicates that the trolley is skipping on the screwdrive system.  Looking for a replacement part resulted in finding that it would have to be ordered directly from the manufacturer, so, as my wife parks her car in that bay, I decided to undertake the replace and upgrade strategy.

As this is not something that I do every day, it does take a little more time to disassemble the old garage door opener system and at this point, I’m pretty close to having the new one in place, which is the job for this morning.  It’s a matter of creating the motor attachment to the ceiling and wiring the controls to get it up and running; 2 hours or so.


This brings me back to this door from a year ago on the side of a barn near the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, Iceland.  Behind this door lies a rich history of people working to achieve their dreams in the rough North Atlantic waters.  Hard dangerous work with lots of interesting stories.

Once I am done with the door, I’ll spend a bit of time on the yard and then it’s on to pulling together the list of images for the exhibit that opens on August 1st.  I will share the final decisions with you, as it will have your input as part of it.

Hopefully that will leave some time for music, because there’s a little blues song that I want to do some more work on… Blue Jeans Blues by ZZ Top:

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

10 thoughts on “Sunday Morning – Garagedoor”

  1. Hi Jansen, your photograph just reminds me that I have to repaint my garden shed as it is becoming weathered looking. I enjoyed the peace of Blue Jeans Blue taking me away from all the rediculous turmoil on the British news.Many thanks.

    1. Hi James,

      Glad to hear that I reminded you of tasks at hand 🙂
      I really enjoy this song, as it is a wonderful composition.

      Back to work here,


      1. There is always something to fix, if not a large door. We have a leaky pipe, and a fault in the charging system which need fixing….

  2. Good luck with the door! I’m so impressed you are able to do this yourself. (I had my garage door come partway off its track a few years back, and called someone – he was lovely though 🙂 ) Blessings. Great photo.

    1. Thank you, Debbie!

      I completed the job, which is always more complex than it needs to be, as there is insufficient clearance, as the folks who built our house decided to put a ceiling in the garage rather than leaving an extra 6 inches of clearange 🙂

      Now, time to catch up on my reading and putting a couple of posts together.

      Be well!

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