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Don't Stair - Just Get Out Your Paint Brush And Fix Me by David McMahon

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This pre-loved exterior staircase caught my eye in Dawson City, in Canada’s Yukon. It was a warm autumn afternoon in 2008 and we had just driven in when I grabbed both my cameras and set off on foot around the historic Gold Rush-era town.

I don’t know how old this staircase would be, but the building seemed abandoned. The peeling paint and cracked timber formed a stark contrast to the colourful, well-maintained facades that are a hallmark of the main street.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.


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  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    Great title David, super composition and great lines.

  • Thank you so much, Gary. The light was very soft, very mellow in the shadows – and I thought the far steps were a great foil to the ones closer to me!

    – David McMahon

  • BrettStevenson
    BrettStevensonover 4 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Brett. It was a VERY sunny afternoon, but this staircase was in deep shade – which really worked well for me. Dawson City is an artists’ paradise.

    – David McMahon

  • Munggo
    Munggoover 4 years ago

    Very cool, great job.

  • Thanks, Steve – it was a very forlorn sight, in comparison to the other well-maintained buildings.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you, JustArt. Because I know your style so well, I have no hesitation in telling you that you must make your way to Dawson City one day.

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Cee. If you haven’t been to the Yukon, take my advice and plan a trip. No kidding …..

    – David McMahon

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