by Editor Paulo Abrantes
In the photo world there are some recurring themes.
Stairs, with not so much margin for doubt, is one of those themes.
Every photographer sees them in a unique way. Some for the abstract side, some for the architectural side, some for the street shooting side, some for composite and conceptual images, some even for including in a landscape scenario.
The point is, there are so many shapes of stairs and there are so many ways to include them as an element of a composition in a frame, the possibilities are almost endless.
One can look at stairs and at escalators as the subject matter by itself or include this element as a part of the story in a street photograph or as an element in a conceptual composite image, one can give it more presence or less presence, put it more visible or less visible and so on.
Almost nobody can resist their charm and here on 1X, we can admire amazing pictures of stairs in a wide variety of genres. This is an appetizer for you to go out and shoot your vision of this amazing regular photo theme.
In the 1x gallery, we can find stair and escalator shots in every category.
It´s hard to be original in such a common and heavily used theme or in just using it as an element, and this is just a list to showcase the multiple and possible usage of some steps, handrails and walls to achieve some dynamics abstract compositions, to achieve some rhythm in street photography, to use them as an element in fine art nude, to give context in a street portrait or to achieve some story content in a conceptual picture.
The possibilities to use stairs or escalators in a picture are almost endless but the way they are used is, by definition, a much more narrow path.