For the moment, we’re all like the subjects of this 2016 photo essay: taking things step by step.

They’re there, meaning they’re ’round.

They’re square, and other shapes.

They’re fair, being shapely.

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They’re bare, because they’re used.

They’re rare, for being both grand and useful.

They’re stairs, and they’re worthy of stares.

They’re Where?

1, 2, 5, 10. Yale University Art Gallery.
3. Yale School of Architecture.
4. City Hall.
6. Between Yale’s Ezra Stiles and Morse Colleges.
7. Ives Main Library.
8, 9. Woolsey Hall.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. This story originally published on March 24, 2016.

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