I’m focusing on a very particular group of windows this week. Don’t be fooled by the dilapidated appearance of the wall above. It’s part of a real and well deserved success story in Tavira, in the Eastern Algarve. The shop, Casa das Portas (House of Doors), features the work of local artist Jane Gibbin. Like myself, Jane fell in love with Tavira, spending hours photographing the local doors and windows.
The photos always seem to create a talking point. As you’ve probably seen from some of my posts, Tavira has a delightfully down at heel look and is a great subject to work with. Ten years ago, looking for something distinctive, but not too expensive, for the bare walls in our Tavira home, I was much taken with Jane’s doors and windows. Poster form was the cheapest, so we selected three, had them framed, and today they have pride of place in our living room.
Jane started out with a market stall selling her photographs then, as interest grew, progressed to a shop in the warren of back streets. As well as the photographs and posters there’s an eclectic mix of objects for the home, and pretty jewellery pieces. I often stick my nose in and the assistant is unfailingly polite, even though I seldom buy.
In July 2011 success was confirmed when Jane opened a second shop, right beside Ponte Romana; a prime target for tourists. The ideas continue to flow and at my last visit there were some lovely small canvases with paintings of the doors. I was very tempted, as was Cathy who was staying with me at the time. Her luggage was already overflowing, so she dived into a colourful heap of scarves instead.
My photos aren’t the best as I had one or two distractions that night (yes, Cathy!), but I’ve wanted to tell the story of the shops for a while. For a clearer idea of them you might visit the Casa das Portas Facebook page.
I hope Dawn doesn’t mind a slightly different style of lingering at my windows (and doors) this week. Please visit her at Lingering Visions to see the other entries, and maybe add one of your own.