Down The Up Staircase


What I had initially thought was an ordinary photo of my wife walking down a wide stairway turned out to be a rather interesting example of an optical illusion. The high concrete wall on her right had been partially painted with a dark grey paint which gives the illusion that the stairs could be going up. Also worth mentioning is that the lighter grey in the upper right of the picture is not some distant foggy vista. It’s still the wall!


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Bowtie Wearer With Bad Knees I spent my early years in Massachusetts in a little town called Easton. I went to Harvard, served in the Navy as Operations Officer on and LST, founded a construction company and served in the state Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader. However my life really began when I moved to Maine and opened an art gallery. I've been around the fine arts in the commercial art business for over 25 years now and loved (almost) every minute of it. I look at every day is a gift, except when it's very cold outside or I have to go to the dentist.

4 thoughts on “Down The Up Staircase”

  1. It’s a terrific photo, and I won’t even try to explain how, in the little photo that came in the email notification, the wall appeared to me to be a hillside rising up from down below the stairs. Great colors and composition.

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