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These stairs are in Istanbul, very close to the docks for Cruise Ships. They attest to the steep topography of the city, leading in cascades to the area known as "Beyoglu" ("son of the gentleman"). I had been serving as a guest lecturer onboard the cruise ship, Crystal Symphony, when it docked overnight in Istanbul at Karaköy. The pier is located right in front of the customs offices, on the Western side of the Bosporus, in the Beyoglu District of the city. For the record, this was the same pier that I was standing on three decades earlier, when I took one of my favorite photos ever, The Old Freighters, evocative of a 150-year old Monet painting that gave us the name of the art movement known as "Impressionism."

The two women ascending the stairs are crucial to the composition, especially the woman with the red dress who adds a veritable chop mark in the manner of a Chinese scroll painting. I will place the photo in the group theme, Memorable Staircases. Take a look at the photos in the group theme and feel welcome to contribute.

The date of the photo, July 30, 2006, coincides with the birthday of Jaap Polak (carper). He was one of TE's best photographers. Sadly, this modern "Dutch Master" left the site many years ago, but many of us still remember him.

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