Walking the neighborhoods of London, I've been smitten by the local flavor inherent in the homes here, specifically the doors. No two ever seem alike, each door with its own ideas about post and knobs, color and foliage, knocker and lock. My wanderings and photo taking led me to an idea to start another Instagram account.

Honestly, I started @doorstories because I had a lot of pictures of doors on my phone. I'm an American that's recently relocated to London, and the intricate and varied doors of the city have become one of my favorite things about living here. I couldn't help but wonder about the people that live behind them. So, I began writing stories about each door.

I love writing these mini stories because they challenge me to convey the complexity of humanity in a few short sentences. I decided many years ago that most of the people I meet are in some stage of crisis that's not immediately apparent, but which often affects who they're trying to be or who they are trying to become. And that is my goal, to imagine lives that are not perfect, not all good or all bad, but a representation of life at its core. Sometimes the stories are sad, or twisted, or wistful, or cruel, but it's not just about hidden secrets. It is about the crux of personality and the identity that shapes us, but we're unwilling to talk about. I figure this was just a more noble way of saying, I like to make stuff up.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

Great Expectations

Find more doors and stories on Instagram @doorstories Or check out my real life @angrybaker #vsco #London #stelleruk