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Staircase. 1970s.imgs429, with story

After graduation I discovered there was much more I needed to learn about the real world.  The one where practical skills were just as important, if not more so, than an education in Fine Arts.

I was working with my cousin Sheldon recovering my future eight foot stainless steel darkroom sink.  National Cash Register had abandoned their Dayton, Ohio building and held a liquidation sale where he had bought it for me.  I paid him back and made a future deal to sell it to him if I couldn't use it or no longer needed it.

In this image, he was peering up the staircase of a building built at the turn of the 20th century, long before elevators were common with multi floor buildings.  Wide staircases took the traffic necessary for moving things into and out of the buildings. The sink was so large we carried, then slid it down the stairs, carried it again, and then floor by floor until we got it out of the building.  This day I learned to adapt to the situation.

Taken on Kodak Tri-X panchromatic 135mm film in the early 1970s.  Likely with a pocket Minox 35 EL with a 35mm F2.8 Minotar.

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At first I thought it was me, until going a few contact sheets further from that era I recognized our eyeglasses were different, while we looked so similar. 

The electricity had been shut off to the building.  This picture was done with available light from the windows, making dramatic elliptical shadows in the staircase. 

I still have this sink, so large, and after many years of use, it now sits outside my barn exposed, yet impervious to the elements. 
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neuroscope's avatar

это напомнило мне детство. я как раз родился в 70-м. когда был маленьким любил плевать в такие проёмы на лестнице и радовался когда пролетало как можно ниже, но часто попадал на перила и не вытирал за собой...

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Loved the story and photo :nod:
IME54ARTILONA's avatar
Wonderful photography Eugene ❤️
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Lotus105's avatar
Great composition!
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