artist statement: stairway

Stairway (Sifnos, Greece)

Standing prominently at the head of the main square of Artemonas on the Greek island of Sifnos is the church Agios Konstantinos. Attached to the outside wall of the church is a stone stairway that runs from the ground to the rooftop. It is the most dominant feature of the church, and probably the most famous of the hundreds of church stairways existing on the island.

The stairway is a focal point of the community. Children play on it, being admonished and chased away if they venture too high or the play becomes too risky. Visitors and tourists stop to appreciate it, numerous times, as its character and appearance change constantly throughout the day depending on the position of the sun. One can not walk past this stairway without stopping, or at least giving it a studied look. I have visited the stairway many times, admiring it and trying to figure out how best to capture it photographically.

Normally I title each of my series of photographs to give the viewer some insight into my thinking and a starting point to facilitate looking more closely at the images. However, as this particular stairway means so many different things to so many different people, I wish to leave it to each viewer to make of the images what they will and to see them in their own way. I will simply title the series Stairway.

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