Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

 Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted.The challenge this week is the topic of distorted. When I think of that word I initially think of something misshapen or perhaps grotesque. In light of my recent tour of Taliesin West~ designed by the brilliant architect Frank Lloyd Wright, I decided on a different view of distorted. One of his hallmarks is the way he designed his staircases. His steps were always 4 inches. By that I mean the rise was 4 inches. In contrast, the stairs in my house have about a 7 1/2 inch rise.

I am here to say that the difference is amazing. One can ascend or descend a Frank Lloyd Wright staircase with nary a trip or fall. It is a gentle pursuit, freeing the mind for the beauty around you. Take a look at the photo of the staircase. Can you see how easy a climb it would be?

Frank Lloyd Wright's hallmark when it comes to his staircases is the 4 inch rise. Can you see how graceful the climb would be?

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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19 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

  1. My first thought when I read a “4 inch rise” was, “How annoying!” Then, I read your second paragraph. I love the perspective of gentleness.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I thought it would be annoying too, until I climbed them. They are effortless. I could just picture Jane Austen’s characters floating up or down those stairs….although they were from different eras.

  2. I can so feel the difference, it is easier to step lightly at 4 vs 7 inches!

  3. Ooh, a 4 inch rise sounds really good to my achy hip right now!! 😉

  4. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh, I’m lovin’ this–gradual, gentle rise sounds wonderfully do-able to me!! We’re almost to the weekend, Kate! God bless you–sis, Caddo

  5. Were there other things that impressed you about his architecture? You mentioned the gentleness of the stairs (on the knees) and also visually. Enjoyed your post!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      His soaring rooflines, his use of nature in his structures. He used everything that was local, including the rocks and stones that he unearthed. Lots of windows, cantilevers….I have some other posts in the past week about it.

  6. TBM says:

    I wish I knew more about architecture. Great post.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I took a semester course on Italian architecture in college and was fascinated. I bet there are some architectural walking tours in London(and many other cities, too).. It’s a great way to start learning about it…..and a great photo op 🙂

  7. niasunset says:

    This is so interesting, and I agree it is amazing what a difference it makes… You are amazing too dear Kate, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  8. eof737 says:

    Lovely and Interesting perspective. 😉

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