Take a Seat – Take a Moment 12

Geoff Dyer in his fascinating meditation on photography, The Ongoing Moment (2005), makes a smooth transition (one of many) from reflecting on pictures of steps to an analysis of seating.  ‘It is appropriate, then, that in photos of the 1930s there is an aspirational hierarchy – or ladder – of seating: kerb, step, stoop, chair, rocking chair.  The kerb is the lowest of the low.  After that you are out in the street.  Without steps or kerb you can only squat.’ (p.156).  Does a piece of marble from the  Acropolis rank above a step?  Maybe, permeated with the knowledge of ancient Greece, it is a throne.  Photo: Acropolis, Athens, Greece, June 2019

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