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If eyes are the windows to the soul, then doors are definitely the first glimpse into the heart of a home. This may explain why a new photography trend is taking the internet by storm.

“Doortraits,” or portraits of interesting doors from around the world are growing in popularity on the internet, the New York Times reports. In fact, there’s a growing community of people sharing their love for gorgeous entryways via the hashtag #doortrait.

The Instagram trend may seem new, but the history of capturing doorways has a long history. Seventeenth century Dutch artists had a passion for painting doors and windows—they wanted to simultaneously represent both home and street life. More recently, 1970s photographer Roy Colmer captured more than 3,000 doors in Manhattan, which are now featured as a collection in the New York Public Library.

Of all the things one could express through art, why doors? The fascination is pretty simple: Doors are both beautiful and incite curiosity. “It evokes a kind of voyeurism, wondering what is going on behind a door or window,” Erin Barnett, the director of exhibitions and collections for the International Photography Center in New York, told the Times.

Doortrait photographer Abdullah Alriyami further explained, “Doors and windows in architecture are just like the eyes in people. It is through your eyes that I know about you and we communicate better. A door is not just a tool for security and protection, it is a cultural symbol of a human being.”

Nowadays, there are Instagram accounts devoted almost exclusively, if not entirely, to doors. Cold Knees, Doors of Italy, Arina in London Land, and Doors Everywhere are just a handful of examples. Here are some of our favorites:

Instagram: @porthjess | @meanderingmacaron
Instagram: @fengshuipaint | @mariagglp
Instagram: @doorseverywhere
Instagram: @themodernleper | @anddicted

Even if these entrances don’t make you wonder about the homeowner, you have to admit—they definitely serve as curb-appeal inspiration.

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