Medieval Brass Key and Door Knocker

Some dirt is good, especially when it is the accumulated grime from ages and ages of use. The textures of this medieval church door have evolved over time, and represent a good reason historical authenticity means so much to me when I’m looking for subjects to photograph.

How many people, through the centuries, have touched this door knocker, have turned this key, have pushed open this door? Thank goodness this church exists in a space and time where people appreciate that some kinds of dirt can be good; that cleaner isn’t necessarily ‘better,’ and that you don’t have to polish or scrub everything

Brass key


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