Toulouse Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

"In my grandmother's house,
this photograph of
an old New Orleans staircase
was displayed near
the elegant curving stairway
that she had designed.

Their proximity left me thinking that
she'd copied this romantic image,
complete with its curves and niche.
But, in truth, I don't know which
came first; the picture or her design."


curved stairway with niche
photo © 1996 the archive of light