‘The Doors of Clapham Park’ by Carlotta Tilli

This photographic series and poem were produced by Carlotta Tilli, a Clapham Park neighbour, as part of the ‘Photographic Storytelling Workshop’ led by Marcia Chandra (Creative in Residence), April 2019.

The Doors by Carlotta Tilli - an exploration of doors around Clapham Park.

Home is where one starts from.‘ — T. S. Eliot

Home is where one starts from
and a door is where your home begins.
Where does yours begin?
Where does mine?
I wandered aimlessly around the neighbourhood
and photographed its doors.

Home is where one starts from
and a door is where your home begins.
Where does yours begin?
Where does mine?
I wandered aimlessly around the neighbourhood
and photographed its doors.

They’re so different from each other
yet so close,
just like us
neighbours and foreigners
at the same time.
I imagined the lives of the people who lived there once
the lives of those who live there now
and those who will soon live there.
Past – present – future
Are they as different from each other
as their doors?

There are houses as old as their faded colours,
and brand new, sparkling buildings.
There are rusty padlocks,
glasses that reflect the streets
and others that let you catch a glimpse of the small worlds that live behind those closed doors.

There are houses that are not houses yet
and doors still to be built.
A construction site that welcomes you
with its locked door,
and I wonder
who is welcome here.

— by Carlotta Tilli, April 2019 (a poem inspired by T.S. Eliot…)

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