Blue Door, 1986

1986 – Close-up of a blue door embedded in a wall showing two shades of gray. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I found this very old shot in the archive, and I was wondering whether it’s good enough to share? Well. You can see the image, so I, yes, I think it is okay. But please be gentle. This is one of my first photos where I deliverately explored art photography. Or rather, something I considered to be art photography at that time.

The outside wall of a soon-to-be-opened concert hall and restaurant in my hometown had been painted in light gray and dark gray. The blue steel door really stood out in the sunlight.

I still love the composition and the details of the photo. The technique is mediocre, though. The grain in the picture is terrible! Why on earth did I use high ISO film? Why? Why? Why?

Not wow. But still nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1986
LocationKiel, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceSlide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6541 x 4314 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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