The Creative City’s doors

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August 4, 2014

Photo essay by Sandy Arison, West Hollywood, California

I approach your door with an eye, but not to peer in, only curiously. I want to see the intricacy of the design, to marvel and wonder who might have lived here and how many have called this home.

Doors open and shut, do we dare leave the door open, and if the door is closed will anyone ever enter?

By Sandy Arison

By Sandy Arison

 As you peer through the keyhole and see me snapping away will your inquisitiveness beckon you to open the door and ask?

Would you say come in and sit by the fire for a while and offer me eggnog?

With trepidation I might consider it.

By Sandy Arison

By Sandy Arison

This warmth and desire to share does indeed exist, and when I have decided to take you up on your offer, fortunately I have come away enriched with the experience of meeting someone new, listening to the story, finding out who came and went, warmed, and knowing that I live in a neighborly city of mostly good people.

I feel blessed to be here, in this special city, exploring the details and intricacies of this magical place, just like Alice.

By Sandy Arison

By Sandy Arison

There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.

Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was nothing on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice’s first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it would not open any of them.

By Sandy Arison

By Sandy Arison

However, on the second time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!”

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Sandy Arison was a Realtor, photography and entrepreneur living and working in West Hollywood until her passing several years ago.