'The Stairs' - Limited Edition 1 of 20 Photograph by John Crosley

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Photography: Digital, Black & White, Photo, Paper on Paper.

In world travels sometimes one encounters architectural features which are photogenic and lend themselves to good composition, especially when combined with a human accent.

Here, a young boy descends a geometric staircase surrounding the front of a supermarket in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (now named Dnipro after the huge, historic, Dnipr river which passes by this fourth largest Ukrainian city of about 2 million).

Designed by architects of the Soviet Union when Ukraine was a Soviet Republic, this concrete staircase was considered an ideal combination of utility combined with good architecture in a photogenic, geometric, and pleasing architectural setting.

Like many Soviet 'architectural' works, this one has substantial impracticalities.

There are no safety rails, no alternate entrance or way for disabled to access the store, and no safeguards from snow and ice when steps are slick and hazardous which results each winter in numerous broken bones.

The Soviet Union fell apart in December 1991.

Once a Soviet Republic called 'The Breadbasket of the Soviet Union,' Ukraine is now an independent country and in land area it is Europe's largest.

Some new supermarkets or superstores (called hypermarkets as are throughout France) in this city and other large Ukrainian cities are bigger than a Sam's Club and Costco combined.

Such huge, new style combined markets carry a tremendous range of goods of all sorts from hard goods to groceries, and are cutting edge modern. But they are without poorly thought out hazards such as this pleasant looking but sometimes dangerous staircase.

Practicalities aside, this staircase to me is a visual and photographic delight with great parallel lines and a vanishing point that seems straight from an artist's geometry textbook.


(John Crosley)



'The Stairs' - Limited Edition 1 of 20

John Crosley

United States


Size: 36 W x 26.3 H x 0.1 in

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