Gates ….. A Collection from my Archives






A Collection from my Archives




   When this wonderful subject for photography was mooted, I thought,


   “I shall collect together all my gate photos…there must be many over the years.”


   There are not as many as I had imagined, but those I am finding do bring back lovely memories and have also got me thinking about the uses of gates.


   There are so many uses and so many styles [stiles?] and so many emotions that gates can clad themselves in, or, more accurately that we can attribute to them. People have written stories around gates, and used them metaphorically as windows or openings into other places…as indeed they literally are.




   I love this gate in the corner in Normandy, which my brother made to match the rotted ones that went before. It’s pretty, rustic and functional…it keeps the sheep in the orchard and out of our front garden!




   This is its matching partner on a misty morning.




  Here, at the Tower of London, you may go through the door and look at the gate, but you can’t open it or pass through and down the stairs






   This is “Traitors’ Gate” at the Tower of London.




   Go through “The Escape Gate” and find the centre of the Maze straight away.        [Its title tickled me!]







   Here are the busy Central Gates of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard.




   These gates opposite Buckingham Palace, lead into Green Park.


   It is nigh on impossible to get an uncluttered-by-folks- view of such famous pieces of street/park furniture.




   The Queen is in residence.



   This is the corner gate to a local Cricket Field in Somerset.




   This is from the park side of Green Park in London, looking out.




….Here, a collage of Royal gates at Green Park and Buckingham Palace.




   We walk through these Canada Gates on our Crystal Palace walks.


   Have you noticed how Victorian-style wrought iron is creeping back where it was once ripped out for the “War Effort”?



  Reflections in lock gates at Limehouse Basin are much less attractive than the permanent gate adjacent, blocking off the flow of water [below].








   This is a gate that keeps the dog safely in the garden.





   This gate is a barrier to be lifted if you wish to gain access to car parking.


   It makes no attempt to be anything other than functional and ugly, but it does the job required of it.


      Some are glorious and decorative whereas some are poor, unloved, and overused.


   They can be left open or firmly shut.




   This splendid, old gate is behind Alexandra Palace, in north London.



   Sometimes gateways need to be cleared because a gate is the beginning, or end of a pathway to or from somewhere else.



   Some gates that you go through are one-way.




   Do you call these sliding gates or sliding doors?



   Here, at Whitechapel, is a sturdy, lovely gate set modestly between railings that echo branches.




   This gate is positively frilly with its family of fences high and low.




   These functional, forbidding gates are overlooked by an interesting mural.




   Sturdy, communal garden gates are locked against intruders after dark, but open to all-comers during the daytime giving a lovely view in……




   The gates to the South Terrace at Crystal Palace , are open to let the vintage vehicles through to the Park.[05.05.2013]




   I like our gate, and I like it closed.




   It has its moments.




   In February, five years ago, it looked like this.



   The school gate is  safely closed until “The Bell”: little Harry waits…….



   It’s that gate again. :-)



   In Normandy, on arrival, we open the Pres gate.




   When we leave we close it.



   Do you remember the baby gate?




   Gates are great for climbing!



   Some are great for looking through.



  There are many lock gates along The Canal du Midi in France.



Oct-Nov07 111m_r1


   It’s not frequently that one sees Val Biro’s Gumdrop through a gate, or


  indeed, a warlock waiting to scare you from entering another!




   It’s often nice when someone you love waits by the gate …..




   and I always love shadows… here are playground gates.




   This is called Watergate: it’s at Greenwich.


watergate greenwich.mjpg-003


   These are details from the gate and enclosing fence.


   Many is the time I have been on a bus and whizzed past a view, wanting to screech,


   “Stop a minute!” to the driver.


    That’s how I get pictures like the following collage of three!


    I don’t screech: the driver doesn’t stop.




   Note to self    “I must try to go and get proper pictures.”





   Sometimes the gate seems to get in the way, but children are not easily daunted when they make a friend.





   When you’re big, you can sit on a gate; when you’re small you can cling onto it..










   Here’s a Trick-or-treat gate



   This is an arched gateway into Hampton Court Palace.




   The facade around it is quite splendid.


   I have adhered to a fairly strict interpretation of the word GATE ,as GATEWAYS could include tunnels; opening and large bridges; stations and ports, all gateways to other places; doors, and numerous other archways that lead from here to there, not to mention organic subjects.




   Inevitably I come back to the corner gates in Normandy.




   Anne  …..  Collated, February 2014


16 Responses

  1. Fascinating, Anne- gates in all their guises :rose:

  2. gertie says:

    Thanks Jane :rose: …. I want to go out and snap a few more for the competition but time is tight at present so I have done this in lieu…….

  3. cilla says:

    A wonderful collection of gates, gertie. London certainly has some very grand and stately ones. I shall await the competition entries, not long now.

  4. gertie says:

    …Have two in mind Cilla, and must get to them by next Thursday as we are off to Somerset to see granddaughter in another drama production next Friday. :yahoo: :heart:

  5. DizzyD says:

    gates gates gates and more gates, fantastic Anne , dont think I,ll bother with mine . Honestly though they are superb a mixture of grand and rustic

  6. bizzylizzy says:

    great gate’s anne :good: like those with the branches coming out the top :yes:
    wouldn’t like to have to paint them though :wacko:

  7. gertie says:

    Aren’t they fab Elizabeth :yahoo: I wonder if they spray paint these days :scratch: :rose:

  8. Beanstew says:

    Don’t think I have ever seen such a grand collection of gates in my life – absolutely fantastic. And they do seem (except the very grand ones) to have a strange affinity for children – which takes me back to swinging on them, and climbing them. Congratulations Anne, You’ve done us proud.

  9. gertie says:

    Thanks Sheila :rose: :-) …..and well spotted re the children…isn’t little Charlie adorable…he’s by the school gate with his back to us :heart:

  10. karenp says:

    Must say I really enjoyed looking through those gates :good: and do agree as also love the one with little Charlie looking through the gate :heart:

  11. Hayley says:

    Well done Anne, a great blog, very philosophical too, thought provoking :yes:

  12. gertie says:

    Thank you for those different observations Cliff and Hayley :rose: :rose: …..your comments always add to the blogs in fascinating ways :good:

Leave a Reply