It can be easy to make a photograph of some things—a sunrise or a new flower. Such was the case of this gorgeous staircase we saw several weeks ago on a visit to Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Kentucky. The beauty of the thing was perfect and the way the light played on it was astonishing, whether viewed from below or above. The beauty of simple functionality was a mainstay of Shaker life.
I marvel at the thought of those who designed and built it and can only imagine the satisfying pleasure they felt when they first used it in the early 1800s. If I were nearby I’d go back to enjoy—and photograph—this practical work of art again and again!