The beauty in decay – Gambia Doors v Malta Doors

 

Green door, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio - from #GambiaDoors & #StoriesBehindDoors
Green door, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

 

GAMBIA DOORS V MALTA DOORS

 

Green door, Sliema, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio from #DisappearingMalta #MaltaDoors
Green door, Sliema, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

Crossing continents

Malta DoorsGambia Doors.

We are still in West Africa, and I see similarities every day in many of the doors and storefronts, here in the Gambia, of those that I see daily in Malta – the rich, and vibrant colours of beauty in decay…

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Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio

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Postcards from a small island – Malta. Images ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta
Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta

 

Stormy skies over Sliema, and the Valletta/Sliema Ferry, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Stormy skies over Sliema, and the Valletta/Sliema Ferry, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

'Knight Town', Valletta, Malta - Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm
Travel: Knight Town, Valletta – Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm/Korean Air

 

A very enjoyable travel story that we worked on, in Valletta, the enchanting ancient capital of Malta – and also the European Capital of Culture 2018 – for ‘Morning Calm’ (Korean Air’s in-flight Magazine).

 

On the rocks - dive time, Manoel Island, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
On the rocks – dive time, Manoel Island, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Walking along the Victoria Lines, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Walking along the Victoria Lines, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

What a revelation, on our Malta walks, to find so much nature, and tranquility, particularly after having recently read that the tiny Mediterranean island is equated with the word: ‘cementation’ –  and, in some areas, quite justifiably so. Where we live, for example, we are surrounded by deconstruction, reconstruction, new construction, behemoth cranes, and all the constant racket (and dust!) one can expect from the aforementioned.

 

Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio  

 

On my frequent meanderings around the streets of this small Mediterranean island, I regularly come across sites, such as these. Beautifully decaying doors and facades – portals to another place in time. Often, starkly juxtaposed by the surrounding modern, steel and glass (which, it appears, is the de rigueur architecture of Malta, sprouting up all over), one could easily walk right past these exquisite, woefully neglected, facades without even noticing them.

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Valletta, as seen from Sliema ©Helen Jones-Florio
Valletta, as seen from Sliema ©Helen Jones-Florio

Doors and Facades – Malta

Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

In traditional Japanese aestheticsWabi-sabi () is a world-view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” 

Pace Press: Old store front, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Paces Press – old storefront, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Sliema Stamp Shop - Old store front, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Sliema Stamp Shop – old storefront, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

On my frequent meanderings around the streets of this small Mediterranean island, I regularly come across sites, such as these. Beautifully decaying doors and facades – portals to another place in time. Often, starkly juxtaposed by the surrounding modern, steel and glass (which, it appears, is the de rigueur architecture of Malta, sprouting up all over the place), one could very easily walk right past these exquisite, woefully neglected, facades without even noticing them.

 

The Main Event - Old store front, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
The Main Event – Old storefront, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Facades, Malta IMG_9902
Old store front, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Without a doubt, in the not too distant future, these beautiful old doors and storefronts in Malta will become part of my ‘Places and Spaces that no longer exisit… or not in their original form

 

Turquoise door - Balutta Bay, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Turquoise door – Balutta Bay, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

In fact, since taking these photos, some of these doors and facades have already been relegated to large skips, to be disposed of. Or, I like to think that they will have been salvaged by some enterprising dumpster-diver, to be restored to their former glory elsewhere on the island.

See more ‘Doors and Facades #1‘ and ‘Doors and Facades #2
Old door, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-FlorioMG_9926
Old door, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

What is behind the doors, I often wonder? Now, there’s somewhere I’d truly like to see… .

Helen Jones-Florio

 

Helen Jones-Florio profile shot - Image ©Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio – Image ©Jason Florio