I’ve learned a few things about combining doorcursions with business travel, and one of them is not to worry too much about getting that first post out the door, as it were. Being in a city like San Antonio, that has numerous famous and / or historically significant places of interest makes capturing and publishing the doors challenging. That’s because business travel gets in the way, during and after the trip.
As you have seen and will continue to see, I know how to work photography around a busy agenda. Business travel, especially conferences like The AIIM Conference, tend to dominate the day. Sessions start early, and social activities run late. Fortunately, I can get up earlier than your average nerd, and I don’t worry about taking photos during an event. In fact, on the way home from the main social event of the conference, I stopped to get a door photo and the wife of the guy I was walking with said: “oh, you’re the door guy!” After that, she took on the role of door spotter, pausing and pointing out interesting doors. Reputation is everything.
San Antonio does present many opportunities for photography and almost any photo-op includes an interesting door or two. I did the things one does in San Antonio: Alamo – check. Riverwalk – check. Barge tour – check. I’ll gather those photos, organize them, toss in a few relevant facts and post those – after I catch up with the week of work that I missed, the week of dog-duty I didn’t do and put my laundry away. In the meantime, as the title suggests, I’m going to tease you with a collection of random doors.
Since we had some time off on the first day of the conference, I went walking in search of an interesting looking building that I could see from my hotel. It’s always a challenge to orient yourself when you get to the lobby after twisting around hallways to get to the elevator. Fortunately, I had a giant landmark to guide me. Unfortunately, a lot of the area around the building I was in search of was fenced off. It seems the area contains a bunch of government offices. The Board of Education, a courthouse or two, and lots of law offices. I never found the building I was looking for, but San Antonio is a colorful city with lots of interesting architecture, so all was not lost.
Speaking of travel, each week, our pilot, Norm Frampton takes us around the world in search of beautiful and interesting doors. The seatback compartment is full of interesting door stories and enough pictures to make you forget how long we’ve been sitting on the tarmac. The in-flight entertainment begins with Norm’s doors, but the flight attendant will gladly provide you with access to as many doors as you can view – no 1.5 oz. packet of peanuts from that little tadpole. Buckle-up, click the blue from and prepare to enjoy!
I won’t tell you how many door photos I have – I don’t want to scare you. Relax, I’ll try not to overdo it, and I won’t stack these up back-to-back. Today’s photos are described in the captions. You can hover over them or click on any photo to start a slide show.