Barrier to Entry

There was a time, not too long ago, when I would have to physically get up to see who was at my front door.

If I was coming from the south side of the house, I’d pass by a floor-to-ceiling window visible to the caller. That made it impossible to pretend that I wasn’t home.

Those days are over now that I have a doorbell connected to my phone. When someone rings, I can answer it without even being home. Not only does the camera capture the subject’s face and voice, it also dissuades marginal company from bothering me.

A guy I know in Montana named Charlie Ringer has an analog system that’s also a unique barrier to entry.

If you pass the knocker test, you earn the right to enter. If you can’t figure it out, you probably aren’t the kind of visitor Charlie wants.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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