Stairs & Transitions / Escaleras y Transiciones

Wentz camp & pool, L.A. Cann Drive, Ponca City, Oklahoma (2006)

(English version follows below). Las escaleras son espacios de transición por antonomasia. Durante el subir o bajar de escaleras no estamos en ningun lugar concreto: nos dirigimos a hacia “Y”,  venimos de “X”. Dado que implican un cambio y los cambios son dificultosos per se, las escaleras son metáforas de la vida misma. Estas fotos de escaleras vienen de lugares muy diversos.  Una escalera infinita, como elemento de transición entre cielo y tierra, fue imaginada en aquella película británica de 1946 titulada “A Matter of Life and Death” (también conocida como “Stairway to Heaven”) de los directores británicos Michael Powell y Emeric Pressburger (abajo muestro el cartel de la película). La película “A matter of Life and Death” combina unas imágenes de gran poder creativo con una historia inteligente y entretenida *

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Stairs connecting main floor and patio, Hammer museum, Los Angeles, California (April 2016)

Stairs are transitional spaces, by definition. As we climb or descend stairs, we are in no concrete place: we are moving to “Y”, we are coming from “X”. Since they imply “change” and changes per se are difficult,  stairs are metaphors of life itself. These pictures of stairs were taken in very diverse places. An infinite stairway, as a transitional element between heaven and earth, appears in that 1946 British movie titled “A Matter of Life and Death” (also known as “Stairway to Heaven”) directed by Michael Powell y Emeric Pressburger (down below is the movie poster). The movie in question combines powerfully crafted imagery with a very entertaining and intelligent story-line *

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Balboa Island, California (February 2015)

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve been thinking of your blog post for the last few days, especially as I go about campus and reflect on the ‘change’ underway by me and my students going from class to class, like from one world to another. It’s a very interesting observation….

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    1. Yes, a University is like a cooking pot: lots of chemistry going on in there… Both teachers and students undergo constant change. And it occurs very rapidly, for the most part. Thanks for enriching this post, Angel, with your own imagery!

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