Locked doors have been around for centuries, but they have often been used as a metaphor for isolation and loneliness.
Today, locksmiths are everywhere, but few people are aware of the many ways they have been used to make our lives better.
Al Jazeera’s Anna Dibbell visited a locksmith shop in Melbourne’s CBD, and discovered that it has been used in different ways to lock our doors, as well as for the purposes of security.
“We were asked to lock a door for a friend of mine to come into,” Al Jazeera reporter Alex Hernas said.
“I thought it would be interesting to go to a locksmart, and to see what locksmith shops there are in the area.”
The lock shop was in the former John and Rose Hall, a shopping centre that had a wide range of shops.
Hernes took a look inside and found that locksmithing is very much an industry.
“It’s just one of the things that you see in the workplace, as far as we’re concerned,” he said.
Al Jazeera’s Alex Harnas reports from Melbourne, Australia.