Michael Li, One Step at a Time. (Junior 2019)

My series of photos called “One Step at a Time” exhibit 4 pieces of architecture around Sydney. The photos are centred around staircases to symbolise the journey of life and how it is all about taking one step at a time. I have based my photos around a deeper philosophical meaning to explore the hardships of human life. Neil Armstrong’s once said, “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”, which emphasises the journey of life. We as mankind have been taking one step at a time to make progress in order to reach our final destination. This final destination is different for everyone, whether we are working towards becoming a lawyer or to be an astronaut, each of us have to take the first step to begin. I also think staircases exemplify the beauty of human life by portraying how everyone starts from the bottom of the staircase. From birth we learn to take our first small steps and quickly learn how society functions. As we grow older and further develop our knowledge of the world, our small steps grow into bigger steps and we start to see ourselves make our way to the top of the staircase faster.

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