Grohmann Atrium Staircase, Late Afternoon on an Overcast Day

I’m behind on everything. Teaching online during a pandemic has presented a tremendously steep learning curve, and in addition, anything I do takes at least twice as long as it would in the analog world. My students have been wonderful, though, so thank God for them! I haven’t been posting to my blog at all this fall (this year, actually) because, really, I have no business spending time on that when I’m so behind on all the work for my actual job.

But I do still take pictures throughout my days, whenever something presents itself. It occurred to me last night that I should try posting some of those, with limited commentary, so I can at least continue putting something creative out into the world.

Here is a photo I snapped on my way to use the scanner in our department office. I go to MSOE a few days a week because it’s very hard teaching and getting a good day’s work done at home. Anyway, the geometry of all these various lines, plus the dark mass of the stairs, caught my eye, and now I’m sharing that moment with you❤️

And here’s another shot with a slightly longer view and different focus. The colors are a little warmer, and the staircase doesn’t disappear into darkness. I’m not sure which I prefer, so I guess I’ll just have to post both!😃

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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11 Responses to Grohmann Atrium Staircase, Late Afternoon on an Overcast Day

  1. mworfolk says:

    Great pictures! They seem very Mondrian to me.

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  2. I like them both. One has a heavier, darker feel, with more of the staircase, while the other seems lighter with more of the building through the window. Both are wonderful!!

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  3. Rose says:

    Yes, it does have a Mondrian linear feel to it without the primary colors. I prefer the warmer one
    due to less detail which has more of a graphic feel to it. The black area in the larger one takes away from it…too heavy which makes it look unbalanced. I could see this as an exercise in a past design class I had. I see many possibilities of subtraction.
    The pandemic has certainly changed all of our lives. Don’t feel bad about not doing your blog as you have in the past. It’s nice to hear from you every so once in awhile. I’ve always found I was more creative when I was out and about coming up or seeing something visual that would get the wheels turning. Remain hopeful during these times. It’s true we are all in this together.

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    • I like what you say about the two photos, makes a lot of sense. I kind of like the starkness of that dark one, but it is really heavy and blocky. The one with warmer colors is lighter and airier (is that a word?). Thank you for the encouraging words about the blog at the end of your comment, too. Being out in the world makes all the difference, doesn’t it? This horrible pandemic—I can’t wait for it to end! Meanwhile, it helps to know we’re not alone. Thank you for that, Rose❤️


      • Rose says:

        Atmospheric would be a replacement for airier.
        Your welcome! We all need encouragement during this pandemic. Just taking a drive out in the country helps for a change of scenery from being homebound. This pandemic reminds me of being in a huge blizzard and waiting for the snow to stop so we can go out and about again. Will we experience super sized cabin fever this winter? Hang in there and Keep the Faith.

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  4. Sally Cissna says:

    Nice pic! I love how your eye is always drawn to the geometry. I’ve been thinking about you and your colleagues teaching at a distance at MSOE. What a huge change from the policy that nothing is done virtually when I was there…no on-line classes at all. I feel your pain after years of teaching on-line elsewhere. Peace.

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