Photo essay by Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
The City of West Hollywood, you might say, was founded on doors. Every person wants to rely on the sanctity and safety represented by their door.
Hence, when the County Board of Supervisors seemed ready to leave renters in the lurch and take no action on an expiring rent control law, West Hollywood rose up in arms.
They created a city, one with the strongest rent control laws in the state, one that would guarantee that their doors would be theirs without worry of arbitrary eviction or rent hikes.
WeHo’s doors keep fiends and villains at bay.
Or the Creative City’s doors represent WeHo’s outlook on life. Even commercial doorways are representative of their clientele.
Yet doors we see mostly from the outside offer distinctly different views when used as portals to the outside.
Looking outward, honestly, is what West Hollywood has always been about; the question of how this little city can effect social change on the world has long ago been answered.
Even more detailed shots are possible from inside an open door, in this case, while awaiting an Irv’s Burger in their new location at Laurel Ave. and Santa Monica Boulevard.
Still, there are peeks into the door ajar, those mysterious glimpses we get as we walk by with only a few inches of open space between the door and jam.
But an even closer shot mystifies matters even more so…
Then there are West Hollywood’s many club doors, meant to evoke a “feel.”
Or personal spaces meant to evoke a lifestyle…
Some doors, though, are not for entering or exiting, but for passing by as one goes about their business.
One excellent example…
Who cares for doors when there is life to run about? Figure eights, back and forths, let’s run and ignore doors!
Or let us enter the door to further enlightenment, education, cultural advancement, as these gents do when the enter MOCA.
And standing on either side of the Library’s Community Room is an enticement to put your two cents’ worth into civic discussions.
Or you could escape the madness of urban living by using one of the more famous doors in the city – the Troubadour’s, getting a drink and listening to live world class music.
But of course, it is always nice to see a display honoring an important part of the city’s history when you walk through a doorway, as happens when you walk into the central Wells Fargo branch in West Hollywood.
Walk in and gaze at the gay and lesbian icons depicted in poses bespeaking their roles in advocating and gaining significant improvements for gays and lesbians in WeHo, LA and the world.
Remember that doors matter, from closet to front doors, they matter.