When Corban University junior Katharine Hormann looks at doors, she isn’t looking at passageways, but experiencing history.
During two trips to Europe, the enthusiastic photographer said she fell in love with the uniqueness and rich history of doors throughout the region. Throughout January, a collection of Hormann’s photographs is on display in the Psalm Center Art Gallery at Corban.
“My first photo was taken in 2008 when I was a junior at Salem Academy,” she said. “I was at Neuenschwander Castle in Germany, and I saw the coolest door I had ever seen in my life. Up until that point, I had never taken an interest in doors of any kind.”
That photo, titled “Once Upon a Time,” was the first of hundreds of doors she would eventually add to her collection, as she studied abroad in Germany with the AMBEX program. Each photo on display was chosen for its uniqueness and how Hormann felt as she studied it. One, titled “Hunger,” was particularly emotional. The heavy wooden door is weather-beaten with two diamond windows in the middle.
“It’s a door from Buchenwald, a WWII concentration camp,” Hormann said. “It was on one of the few remaining buildings left that the American’s didn’t destroy when they liberated the camp. The two windows look like eyes that haven’t seen food in a year. They look like they are dying and in despair.”
The show ends Jan. 31. While she has no immediate plans for the 20-photo display, she hopes to see them displayed again in the near future.