Friday, November 14, 2008

Stairway to heaven


Ascent to the arts
Montreal, QC, August 2008
About this photo: This week's Thematic Photographic theme is rows. If you've been wanting to stretch your photographic horizons just a little, head over here and show us what you've got. You'll be glad you did.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a fascinating place. If you forget that it's home to some incredible works of creative genius, you're left with a complex of buildings that, on their own, are pretty darn artistic. On this day, we weren't allowed to take pictures of the exhibit - Yves St-Laurent - because the works didn't belong to the museum. Anything in the museum's collection is fair game with a lens. But when it's brought in from the outside, no shooting.

So rather than head home empty-handed, I surveyed the crowded entryway with my camera and grabbed as many perspectives as I could before heading upstairs. And in the end, it was the stairs themselves that grabbed me.

Your turn: When I was a kid, I had this alarming habit of falling down the stairs. I'm not sure why I was particularly gravitationally challenged, and I'm thankful I eventually became less of a klutz when manually changing altitude. But I still enjoy the optics of a neat set of stairs. Why the hell is that? What's so appealing about a set of stairs?

9 comments:

Moi said...

pretty, elegant and pretty elegant !!!! :)

Barb said...

I love flowing staircases and this one is exquisite! I like the lighting, too. Anything brighter would wash out the elegance and romance of the space. I wouldn't have thought of stairs as rows, but obviously they are rows of risers. You know how to get us to stretch how we look at everyday things, and I like that!

Becky said...

I agree with barb up there. This stairway is gorgeous.Right off I just thought of Romance.I mean it looks romantic in a strange way. Remember Gone with the Wind?LOL, anyway thats just my interpretation of it.

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

I have started seeing rows everywhere "Thanks" to this weeks theme.

I love stairs. But they remind me of dressing up in my grandmother's high heels which caused a horrible fall down her large winding set.

Memories!

sheila said...

Beautiful! Looks like a great place for wedding pics!

stefan said...

Very grand indeed. I imagine 007 sauntering down those any minute now.

Robin ~ PENSIEVE said...

{Chuckling under my breath with your last two questions....}

Stairs convey movement, a mysterious "something" awaiting ascent (or descent, depending)...perhaps that's the appeal. Or the appeal of leading lines or an upward call...or maybe just the tie to your youth (klutzified or not ;) ).

I've finally re-joined TP...it's about time, eh? All shots come from one of my favorite cities in the world!

http://pensieve.typepad.com/pensieve/2008/11/rows.html

Michael Manning said...

When I was a kid I had this habit of telling department store clerks I was "lost" so I could hear my name announced over the public address system. My parents were not amused and resorted to leaving me home alone! :D)

Have a nice weekend, Carmi. Love the photograph!!!!!!

Anne said...

one more message for the day, have you been watching this season of friday night lights?