Steps, stairs and stairways

 

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The last few days have involved a lot of steps and it struck me that humble steps and staircases are often under-appreciated.  We use them every day, be it a single step or a hundred, inside or outside.  We use them as liminal spaces, moving from one level to another, and often from one type of space to another; public space to private space.

They come in all shapes and sizes, in all materials and in all places, expected and unexpected. We put public buildings and religious buildings at the top of steps.  We ask athletes to climb steps to receive medals and we talk about “stepping up” as something to aim for and “stepping down” as something we do at the end of things.  We value things on high and fear things down low – using steps to take us to both places.

In honour of the step therefore, please enjoy a few pictures of steps and staircases I have known and walked over the years.  Each place has a memory for me where the step played a part.  Some places had more than others, such as the Great Wall of China or Rome, but even the smallest step in each of the pictures brought something new, charming and diverse to the day,  Enjoy, but watch your step!

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A long-term British expat - 17 years and counting

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  1. […] feeling very excited today as one of the pictures on my last post has been featured on “Monochrome Madness“, a weekly feature on a fantastic photography […]

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