November is upon us and Winter is coming in Bradford as it is much of the Northern hemisphere. As we return to the curled-up positions as dark envelops our days and the cold sets in, it is a momentous time for reflection and reminiscing on the good things we have in our lives.
And if you’re fortunate enough to be a Bradfordian, no amount of family drama or work stress need get in the way of having a mindful moment with your city, and in this spirit, I have collaborated with the Bradford Civic Society to launch this month the A Door A Day campaign – designed to bring us together and appreciate the great entryways that Bradford has hiding away, but also in plain sight.
How is this going to work?
To add a sprinkle of fun to the reverie this campaign is also a competition, a photo competition to be exact and the best entry (heh) will receive one of the highly-prized Bradford Civic Society pins that you can proudly sport upon your breast or trilby or whatever.
The rules are simple: Your entries are limited to one photo per day for each individual, but you can use all the platforms Bradford Civic Society use i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. You must @ them in and use the hashtag #ADoorADay to be in the running. The photo must be of a door within the Bradford and District area, and you must also provide a description of the location of the door, street name ideally but area is also fine in addition to the building name if it has one.
Bradford Civic Society will be liking and retweeting notable door photographs throughout the month and will announce an overall winner on the 1st of December. Remember we’re looking for some really great door homages so don’t be afraid to get creative and get off your usual beaten track to discover something new!
Bradford Civic Society are big on their buildings and spaces, and we as a city are very fortunate that so many of the beautiful ornate doorways of the Industrial era (and before and since) are so remarkably well preserved they deserve to be shouted about.
On a more symbolic level, doors are a poignant representation of change – be that the turn of the seasons and the dawning of the upcoming festival of light period (Diwali, Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas, or Bodhi Day), or the personal metamorphosis of new relationships, business ventures, or changes in circumstance.
Doors provide us with the opportunity to walk through them and embrace the ambience of something a bit different but also the opportunity to walk away in the light that it is not yet your time or maybe it just isn’t worth it.
Whatever doors mean to you, for their aesthetic offerings and for their structural integrity they are something we take for granted but benefit a great deal from so the time has come to adore a door and get snapping: are you in or are you out?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Twitter @bfdianfwrdian or Bradford Civic Society who can be reached via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BradfordCivic .
Check out the Doors of Bradford page for featured entries throughout November!