Photographer's Note


The Russian Revolution of 1917 is said to have received its impetus from an earlier uprising that took place in June of 1905, when the crew of Battleship Potemkin revolted against the Tsarist forces in Odessa. The incident, dramatized in the 1925 film, Battleship Potemkin, is now recognized as one of the most important films in the history of the cinema. Indeed, the silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels Worlds Fair in 1958.

A memorable scene in the film has the Tsarist soldiers firing into the innocent crowd, and in the bedlam that ensues, a baby carriage that has gotten away from the childs mother, is seen rolling down the endless steps. In order to see an 83 year old photo of these steps, please click on Odessa Steps.

I had visited Odessa and seen these remarkable steps twice before. The first time was in May of 1975 on a cruise of the Royal Viking Sea, when the Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union; then again in 1998 when the Silver Wind, belonging to the Italian Silver Seas Line visited, and Ukraine had gained its independence. Finally, less than two weeks ago I was giving lectures on the Crystal Serenity, and visited Odessa again. This is a simple photograph shot in the late afternoon, shortly before the Serenity sailed out from Odessa for the Romanian Port of Constanta. Earlier in the day, the steps were far more crowded, but many of the people ascending or descending, reported the full count as 192 steps.

After a sojourn of one full month, it is good to be back at Trekearth. Just before leaving Washington, DC on July 29, I met with Dan Kohanski (Wandering_Dan). Then in Europe, specifically in Barcelona I spent a day with Jos Pires (stego); and in Istanbul, Izzet Keribar (keribar), Ahmet Gedikli (ahmetgedikli), Setenay Szer (setenay), Burak Erek (berek), Zeynep Erek (zeynepe), Mesut Ilgim (mesutilgim), Mine Kasaboglu (mineelci), Salvator Barki (salvator).

Nikon D200, 28-200 mm, camera steadied on a wall. Shot in RAW.

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