Cuba #5 – Working Hands

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We took the group back to a favorite location with a wonderful staircase (see detail shot below).  On the second floor where the stair shot is, we found this man working diligently to remove layers of paint from the old doors.  He worked relentlessly as a group photographed the stairs.  A few of us decided to photograph him but not until we had been on the floor for quite some time.  By the time we asked permission he was comfortable with us there and pretty much ignored us as we made our photographs.

Oh and by the way, in the last post I loved the color version too.  I was just curious as to what others thought.  :)

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7 Comments

  1. Steve L January 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Really like the hands. Way to “zero in” on the important detail.

  2. Sam Blair January 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Wow, so much more than a staircase. Almost looks like an abstract, and I particularly love the strong graphics of this composition; repeating horizontals, verticals, and diagonals, giving a neglected architectural detail lingering interest. Nice!

    • john8276 January 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      Thanks Sam. Funny that your attention was on the staircase and not the subject of the post…. the man. :)

  3. Stephan January 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Details, details and the artistic magic beyond the details… Imagine trying to find wood like that today… An amazing staircase and historical work of art indeed. You could have just posted the mere image of the staircase and received response.

    Adding the behind the scene images (story) of the craftsman diligently at work… it definitely is not a simple “strip-and-paint” process – nor is it a mere “point-and-shoot” process. The patience, craftsmanship and artistry of the woodworker …and… the photographer preserving the moment in pixels. Art on art.

    Finding wood and craftsman to create a piece such as that is hard to find. Great to see that preservation is occurring rather than demolition.

    Curious whether the owner will choose a natural stain to exhibit the beauty of the wood or simply add a few coats of paint that enhances the detail. Definitely something to look forward to next year to see the “after” and final look …and… whatever else they are working on next.

    To be continued…

    Great images and post JB!

    • john8276 January 25, 2014 at 2:18 am #

      Thanks Stephan. I believe they were going to stain them which will look great!

  4. lauren jonczak January 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    The hands picture should be in a frame somewhere, absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had architectural stairs like that in my house. I have a small obsession for staircases these days.

    • john8276 January 27, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

      Why thank you Lauren. I’ll have to post the cliche’ view of the stairs on another post… You will die! :) Thanks for you comment and for following the blog.

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