The doors of the houses in London are the protagonists of Bella Foxwell’s shots
Commonplaces make us think of London as a grey city, but Bella Foxwell and her Instagram profile, @thedoorsofldn, contradict them.
It always rains, it’s cold, it’s grey, they’re some of the commonplaces linked to the English capital, but sometimes they’re just rumors and someone comes out and proves the exact opposite. In this case, that someone is called Bella Foxwell, a photographer who decided to dedicate her Instagram profile, which you find under the name @thedoorsofldn, to the doors of London homes.
When you look at her photos you will automatically wonder why they are all different. You should know that the custom of painting the door of the house with a bright and lively color does not originate in London, but in Dublin, thanks to George Moore and Oliver St. John Gogarty, two writers who lived between 1800 and 1900. The two of them, who were also neighbors of the house, often got drunk again and again and sometimes, confusing the doors, they entered the other one’ s house. This led Moore to paint his door, so as to make it always very recognizable, even after a few too many glasses.
Now, we do not know if this custom spread from Ireland to England for the same reason or, simply, the English began to paint their doors for pure aesthetic taste, the fact remains that each of them is a small masterpiece that is worth to be photographed.
In addition, in Bella’s photographs, you will also notice small decorative details, such as a careful choice of plants, the use of handles and decorated doors, or even a color match between the door, windows and railings.