What Sound Looks Like

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt


A modest little doorbell stands apart from the substantial mess it seems to have been called upon to help manage. First there is the original doorway itself. The street address, 634, appears on the door, behind a firm gate. Clearly the gate was installed after the door, because it duplicates the now partially illegible address number. That echo may be the facade’s most memorable characteristic. But it isn’t the only echo here. Note as well how the gate was formed to have holes for the pre-existing window and mail slot. The gate has, in addition, a knocker. At some point that knocker must have been deemed insufficient to the task, and the doorbell was installed, another echo, though more practical than the address number’s repetition, and less literal than the window and mail-slot passthroughs. It says something about the sheer visual density of the entrance that a visitor is likely to click on the doorbell without having taken a full inventory of the years of accrual the doorway represents.

An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt.

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