The Photographic Journal

Behind Closed Doors

Essay 127 • Jan 30th 2017

Dreams are places that we visit when we cannot escape our own mundane reality. In my dreams, I find myself standing in front of a door. That door is always cracked or closed; the outside world cannot reach me here.

I want to be brave and to reach for the knob, give it a twist and show whatever is on the other side exactly what I am made of. But I am afraid.

I will never have the courage to leave this peaceful place where I can be completely myself. No eyes to see through me and to judge, no one to tell me that I should be something else.

Here I will stay, where my dreams are beautiful and I am free to be who I am, not what you want me to be. Perhaps one day everyone will understand the freedom that lies behind closed doors. Then we wouldn’t need doors at all. 

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Brittany Smithson-Wolfe
Hello! I’m a 22-year-old Photography major at UCO. These are my photos. I shoot both film and digital. I just hope, each day, that I’m a better photographer than I was the day before.

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