Story to tell
I took this picture in Basel, Switzerland. It was an impulsive photo I took while we were walking through the town. Something about these stairs captured my attention. To me, they had a story to tell.
If you look at the photo, you can see that the stairs don’t look very used as there are lots of leaves on the steps. Then as you look up, you notice the gate, but you can’t see what’s behind the gate, it’s kind of dark and mysterious, at least to me.
So, as I look at this photo, I wonder what I might have found if I had taken the time to climb to the top of these stairs and walked through the gate. Who or what might have been waiting for me?
What’s the story?
That’s your challenge today: What’s the story about this photo? What, or whom, do you think is at the top of these stairs?
Here are some questions to get you thinking. You don’t have to answer all of them; they’re just to get the wheels of your imagination moving:
• Look at all the ivy near the gate? It seems to almost create a canopy at the gate. Why is it there?
• Is there a house behind the gate and if so, what does it look like? Is it modern, old, or a combination?
• If a person lived at the top of these stairs, who might he or she be? What kind of life do you think this person might live? Is the person old, middle-aged or young? Do others live with the person?
• Do you think the stairs look as if no one has climbed them for awhile? How come there are so many leaves on the steps?
Look at this photo, consider the questions above and then let your imagination tell you what, or whom, is at the top of the stairs. It’s okay to be a bit “out there” with your answers. For example, could these stairs be a portal to a new universe?
As usual, share your ideas about this photo in the comment box.