A human figure in a photo gives an immediate sense of scale.  ‘That person must be about my size so that means…’  Or does it?  Is that white haired lady passing the blue doors especially small or are the doors really enormous?  The guy with the bobble hat looks quite long legged, but his head only reaches the door knob.



Enormous doors aren’t uncommon in Paris buildings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Carved details add to the grandeur of many doorways and also confuse the sense of scale.  Over-sized cherubs and larger than life caryatids dwarf real live humans but perhaps that’s intentional – making a grand impression by shrinking the passersby.

(Click on any door to view the gallery)


A post for Thursday Doors prompted by the Weekly Photo Challenge Scale.