“Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”
–Thomas Mann

I went on a long walk today from my home on the East Side to downtown Milwaukee.  All told, it was about 7 miles.  I photographed many buildings, some flowers, a fire station, the river, the interior of city hall, an old water tower, and the exterior of the old Blatz Brewery.  But my favorite shot of the day was this shot of a concrete staircase.  It is a simple composition without any extra things to muck it up.  And even though I’ve been a photographer for quite a while now, I still need to be reminded sometimes that simple is better.

I am still climbing those steps, ever upward.   Mastery?  No.  I think of it like trying to reach the horizon.  You will travel far and learn many things, but you will never reach it.   But in the end, it is about the journey and not the destination.

Day 254 of my 365 photo a day project.

First Steps Toward

First Steps Toward

If you are looking for art for your home or office or something to spice up your digital desktop, this image and most of the others from this project are available as prints and digital downloads.  You can also check out the rest of my portfolio here.