one day at a time

day 16: stairway to love

stairway to love

stairway to love © Verena Fischer 2011

Thanks to my fiancé Ezequiel I was reminded yesterday that it needs an open mind to really subscribe to the title of my blog. Real experiments in experience should push you out of your comfort zone and make you do something you would not do otherwise. This doesn’t necessarily mean eating insects, like my dad did over the last Christmas holidays, or walking around haunted houses alone in the middle of the night. It can start with little things, like eating mango ice-cream with fresh strawberries on it although the idea seems absurd to a traditional girl like me. It’s almost as crazy as mixing leek and basil! Ezequiel recommends these sort of things to me and I say “No way!”, but then end up trying it anyway.

If I’m not brave in the food sector, then I won’t be brave about anything and just stay at home. That’s not like me though, since it has always drawn me out into the world. I can’t remember any moment when I really had such a strong urge to stay that I really stayed in the end. I might have had the urge, but every time that happened I told myself to man up and face the world since only exciting new experiences could come of it. Well, that’s not quite the whole truth though. After all everyone makes mistakes and some experiences might be exciting but certainly not nice, and I had these experiences too over the last few years. However, largely the spirit of this attitude agrees well with me and I recommend it strongly.

Yesterday, apart from eating mango ice-cream with fresh strawberries (definitely nice) I also went out into the grey weather with my camera and my friend usch who happened to be in town. We went to a building in Wedding in which one of the tango places is located and which I knew to be an interesting spot for taking pictures. The weather was really awful and we got drenched on the way back, but I managed to take some interesting pictures. Someone had attached a paper heart to the window in the stairway and I had been wanting to take a picture of it for a while. It was very dark in the building, but one of the shots turned out wonderfully.

One needs to take the challenges in life one step at a time. If I can be brave enough to go out into the rain with my camera to take pictures of stairways, then I might also  one day be brave enough to eat insects. Who knows?

21 responses

  1. It does look like a very interesting place!
    I really like the reflected light in that tile and the little curve near the top of the stairs… wonderful capture!

    August 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    • Thank you! I actually went back there yesterday, because I my camera gave out the day before and I found even more interesting stuff. The cool thing is that people have their offices in this building and there is a tango place in it too. Big high ceiling lofts all the way. Heating it is probably a nightmare, but it has a great atmosphere.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

  2. Nice photo. I like your composition, the reflections of light, the curve of the staircase.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    • Thank you! It took me many shots to get it right, because it was so dark in there!

      August 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

  3. what a great capture! the mood, the lighting, the subject, the untold story behind the heart that found its way on this window….. If only this stairway could talk.

    And yet it does, through this very striking image.
    thanks for sharing.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:35 am

    • Thanks for the nice comment 🙂 I also wonder what brought the heart onto the window since there are almost only businesses in the building apart from the tango place I often go to. Maybe the owners of the club put it there, I have to ask them 🙂

      August 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

  4. Beautifully captured! I love the combination of lights and darks and textures. Also a good push to get me out with my camera on what is yet another rainy day here, as well.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

    • Thanks! And glad to be of service with the pushing you to take pictures! I read somewhere the other day that one should embrace awful weather, because it’s the best for black and white pictures 🙂 Still, I got so soaked though!

      August 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

  5. “One needs to take the challenges in life one step at a time. ” So true. One problem solved one day at a time. That is one cool picture , a heart waiting for anyone who climbs the stairs. Reminded me of heaven. When we climb up against trials and tribulations with faith in our hearts, a everlasting price awaits us.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

    • I’m glad you like the picture 🙂 And the big things really become easier if you take them in little steps. Else they just seem too overwhelming! And I agree with you that we need faith to go through difficult moments, faith in ourselves, faith in god or whatever seems the right thing to you, maybe even just faith in that tomorrow will come.

      August 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

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  7. Wonderful photo the way the stairs lead directly toward the light and the heart! Great balance of highlights and shadows. Really like your blog.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:46 am

    • I’m glad you like the picture and my blog 🙂 I’m always happy to hear that obviously 😉

      August 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

  8. A lovely and inspirational photo!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  9. nicely framed!

    August 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  10. mewithmycamera

    perfect shot with the heart on the window!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:28 am

  11. A very nice shot. I love the way the tiles reflect the light. Great capture!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    • Thanks! The lighting was generally very difficult for this one, so I’m glad about how it turned out!

      September 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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