Great Set of Knockers

o often, I find myself trying to balance my personal and professional life. There are times when I feel like it’s a double-headed dragon pulling in two different directions, but then I take a step back and soak up life’s simplest pleasures. In the oddest of ways, the beast of a dragon morphs into two butterflies, each floating in their own direction.

While in Mexico last week, my dad asked me to bring along my camera. While I always have my camera, I’m ashamed to admit I hardly take pictures for myself. You know, just for the sake of picture taking. Embarrassingly, I’m often too tired to shoot for creativity’s sake. Yes, this is my dragon. However, while on our way to Juarez Park in San Miguel de Allende, we walked along rustic streets and I noticed an abundance of beautiful doors and knockers. All of a sudden, my dad and I were pointing and shouting across the street, Hey, look at THIS one!

For the first time in what felt like forever, I was taking photographs of things that I wanted to document. I have a strange affinity for doors and knockers, so I spent the afternoon in glorious bliss snapping away. I hope to create a collection of photographs of knockers from around the world. By doing so, I believe the two butterflies will ensure to not cross often mangled paths.

In other news, I’m SO happy to announce that Jess from Studio3Z was my 9,000th Commentor!! Holllla! As a small token of appreciation for all you who leave comments, Jess will receive a $20 iTunes Gift Card. Thank you SO MUCH for making my day by your feedback and support! Xoxo…

Staying true to my Google Images fascination, this is what popped up when I typed in 9, it! ;)

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Lydia - While mine aren't as cool, I too made a collage of the doorknockers from a trip. They are all from Elfreth Alley, the oldest occupied street in America!  09.02.08 - 8:29pm
charla BLUE - Too funny! Check out my link to my version taken in Europe in March. I've always been drawn to cool doors in vibrant colors! Love your new blog. Keep doin' what you're doin'!  05.18.08 - 6:56pm
Roy Llera - I felt like I was in Cuba...I have been collecting knockers like these for over 11 years from Cuba...actually in Antigua Gautemala too...Madrid...ok there in some pretty neat places...great images...glad to see you close to Dad...good looking Blog too! :-)  05.18.08 - 6:18pm
Furious Photographers - Haha I love the picture from Dragon Ball Z for 9000!   05.18.08 - 10:34am - Hi Jasmine! Love the new layout. I've visited and learned new things each time. This was much needed. I spent time working on my website last week it & took me out of my shooting element. Now I'M BACK! Nice knockers.  05.16.08 - 4:09pm
Ginger - Those are some beautiful knockers! haha:-D For real though, I love the variety and uniqueness to them all. Great eye. I like fences, for some reason. That's my thing.  05.15.08 - 8:40pm
Shandon Smith - When you figure out how to balance things, let me know! I'm struggling with the same dragon... although it feels like there are more than two heads a lot of the time!  05.15.08 - 7:21pm
Korey - Wow, I remember when you hit the 1,000 comments mark! Should I get a life? Nah...yours is fun! :)  05.15.08 - 12:17pm
Jacob Poehls - Nice work...I've noticed that when I'm in a creative funk, traveling to new areas always manages to re-inspire me!  05.15.08 - 11:43am
gabriel.ryan. - i'm wondering if the title to this post will boost your google ranking like a million times... too funny. but seriously... awesome knockers.  05.15.08 - 10:53am
Alicia - So what happens when I want to re-plan my wedding and have it take place in San Miguel de Allende? Great knockers!  05.15.08 - 10:48am
Ashley - I think the post title is funny and I love the pics. Those are some great knockers!  05.15.08 - 10:32am
Angela - Jamine, GREAT new Blog. I Love your Dragon story and really enjoy reading, and viewing all your postings and pic's. My Fav's are the ones about your beautiful Mama. I lost my Mother about 8 years ago and miss her so much. When I read the way you talk about your mother, it's like you are taking the words right from me. Keep doing what you do LoVe pic's from Mexico.   05.15.08 - 10:13am
Tiffany - gorgeous knockers! ;) what a coincidence...I love unique doors, knobs, and knockers too! it's cool to see them actually photographed. the doors and colors were beautiful. Glad you took some pics for you!  05.15.08 - 9:57am
inga - The doors and door knockers are beautiful! I LOVE how you captured each image! And I really feel that you should start taking more photos for yourself aside from the professional ones. I'd love to see them!! :-)  05.15.08 - 9:20am
Lindsey Marie - Love it!  05.15.08 - 8:51am
Photography By Shay - I gotta be honest and say your title totally got me... when I read "knockers" I... uh... thought you were blogging about women's anatomy and wondered what that had to do w/ wedding photography. LOL *getting mind out of gutter now*  05.15.08 - 8:15am
Lindsay Kipp Photography - Those knockers are beautiful! I too have a thing for doors and also windows... the older and more rusty & paint chipped the better! Have a wonderful day!  05.15.08 - 7:34am
Allebach Photography (Mike) - Best Title for a post ever! [Award goes here] No seriously. I love the series of photos.  05.15.08 - 7:31am
New York City Wedding Photographer - Those knockers look great! 9000 comments....holla! Peace, Parris Whittingham  05.15.08 - 6:26am
Sandra - Jamine, Thank you s much for your honesty. It is so nice to know that I'm not the only photographer who seldom shoots just for the joy of it. I'm SOOO relieve to know I'm not the only one with the dragon! Love your blog & work to bits! All the best, Sandra  05.15.08 - 5:31am
Kellie - Hi Jasmine, long time reader, first time commenter! but i just had to echo your love for doors! I've kicked myself many times for not having camera in hand when walking or driving past great doors in the many countries i've visited... thats all... have a great thursday meanwhile i'll be rolling into Friday... (im down under) :)  05.15.08 - 3:18am
Catlin Humes - Those door knockers where so cool, plus I love the way you played with the words for the title of your post, that sort of stuff makes me laugh.  05.14.08 - 10:20pm
kristin - I love doors, too! But my weird little obsession is chairs. My whole AP art portfolio back in high school was chairs chairs chairs! Simple pleasures.   05.14.08 - 10:18pm
Airika Pope - I love door knockers too! That first one is a little creepy--I like the fish on the blue door!  05.14.08 - 8:54pm
haley lamb - i *love* this collection...please sell it to me in a big 20x24! okay, thanks :)  05.14.08 - 8:13pm
Amy Martin - I like your knockers. ;)  05.14.08 - 8:09pm
jeanette sanchez - The lizard knocker is my favorite. Good eye Jasmine!  05.14.08 - 7:57pm
Alicia Brown - It's so nice to know that I'm not the only photographer in that "shooting for yourself" boat. What's worse is when you don't bring a camera at all! Oh the horror!   05.14.08 - 6:56pm
Matthew Saville - And, shame on you for not shooting personally! I don't know what I would do without my nature / landscape photography. Photography should be a hobby foremost, and a job second... :-) =Matt=  05.14.08 - 6:38pm
Matthew Saville - Dragon Ball Z!!! Time to turn on some Thrice... How random... I think the tic-tac-toe with the lizzard one is brilliant. That way you won't feel bad about taking forever to answer the door! :-P =Matt=  05.14.08 - 6:36pm
jess@studio3z - Yipee!! 9,000th was me!!! :) How funny. I just sitting here reading along about your knockers, (ahem.) and the I see "in other news jess of studio3z." Strange.... Thanks girl!! LoVe the knockers idea!!  05.14.08 - 6:30pm
Mallory - I LOVE this! I also have a fascination of knockers and door really hit the gold mine in San Miguel!  05.14.08 - 6:21pm
melissa pearce - by the way i love the new blog!!! so classy.  05.14.08 - 5:45pm
melissa pearce - I LOVE the knockers. l.o.v.e. Was San Miguel very expensive to visit since it was so full of americanos?  05.14.08 - 5:44pm
Cathy Crawley - "Great set of Knockers" hmm, I've heard that somewhere before. I wonder where? At the hardware store maybe? Nuh, wasn't there. ;) My bad.  05.14.08 - 5:40pm
Rachel Dallaire - Love these! So awesome. While in Disney World I took pictures of all of the light fixtures/lanterns/etc. My husband though I was crazy, but it's so fun to find something and seen how many different and beautiful variations are out there.  05.14.08 - 4:48pm
Katherine Bowman - I'm glad you took some time to take some pictures for yourself! It's important to do that!  05.14.08 - 4:46pm - i like david c+d's first comment! and that lizard knocker is stinkin' cool.  05.14.08 - 4:37pm
david & kimi b ~ ohana photography - "that's what he said"   05.14.08 - 4:34pm
Melissa McClure - Oh good you saw the lizard one! Thats my fav in town :) You have to pass by it to get the jardin from my parents home. My mom had to point it out each time we passed!  05.14.08 - 4:20pm
cassandra m - i saw [b]ecker's post here and laughed my butt off...he is sooo funny! Those "knockers" were really beautiful. I actually have a Yorkie (for my puppy) knocker on my front door. That sounds cheesy, but it is brass and is actually really cool looking.  05.14.08 - 4:20pm
kymberli q. - Ha! Just for kicks I decided to google "great set of knockers" to see if your post was going to disappoint some horny teenager. Fortunately for him, you're 8th on the list so he should have some fun before you spoil it. ;) Great shots, Jasmine!  05.14.08 - 4:18pm
Josh McCullock - well that certainly got my attention! haha I love your blog! thats all : )  05.14.08 - 4:12pm
Tira J - At first, when my RSS feed gave me your latest title, I was nervous, then I thought to myself, Jasmine would NEVER! ha ha! These are great photographs and I am so glad you enjoyed the trip with your dad.   05.14.08 - 4:01pm
Jenne Yun - Great knockers! I love the collage and the rich colours... and yeah, the title had me interested in what was going to be posted! Much love!  05.14.08 - 3:51pm
drago - jasmine, those are amazing knockers!  05.14.08 - 3:33pm
Tara - I totally relate! I need to do more little projects like this one. Greattt colors and DOF. My family's from India and I've seen the same thing there - so much color and variety from house to house!   05.14.08 - 2:56pm
Wayne Toshikazu - Hey- false advertising. I want my money back! I guess these knockers will have to suffice. :-) Love the colors!  05.14.08 - 2:41pm
Sarah - Gorgeous! I have a thing for doors and windows as well and these are just fantastic... thanks for sharing your gift. cheers.  05.14.08 - 2:38pm
~abi~ - LUV the title! and the photos are stunning, of course! {and i'm excited that i'm commenting right above [b]ecker!!! ;)}  05.14.08 - 2:25pm
Jane Lok - The title of this post prevented me from truly enjoying the photos. ;) I'm loving the DragonBall Z 9000 picture.  05.14.08 - 2:24pm
Jodi Friedman - That is the best title!!  05.14.08 - 2:24pm
[ b ] e c k e r - damn, i was hoping this post was about something else.  05.14.08 - 2:20pm
David [C+D] - Oh and one more thing... love the 9000 picture of Vegeta from DragonBall Z. ...I feel like such a nerd for knowing that. I even remember the scene!!  05.14.08 - 2:16pm
David [C+D] - THOSE ARE SOME AWESOME KNOCKERS! Seriously, when I saw that on my RSS reader, I nearly spit soda all over my screen. Thanks for another great read. AND PLEASE! Don't forget to be creative!!  05.14.08 - 2:15pm
kerri mcconnell - i love photographing colorful doors... such beauty is something so simple. thanks for sharing.  05.14.08 - 2:15pm
sara - I love it...what a fantastic idea. hmmmm, what (besides my children) do I really want to document? Thanks for getting me thinking!!! Sara  05.14.08 - 2:06pm