40 most enchanting examples of Staircase Photography

Since the medieval times, the construction of the stairways has evolved a lot. Developments in manufacturing and design have led to the introduction of different array of materials and building some of the most intriguing staircases.

Nowadays, stairs can be made out of steel, timber, concrete or a combination of materials. Today, we see a plethora of designs and ideas being implemented to build these structures. It adds a lot of value to the aesthetic and architectural aspects of an edifice.

Lines, patterns, symmetry and interesting shapes have long been used by photographers to produce intriguing compositions that draw your eye in. That’s what makes staircases such a great subject – they have them all in abundance. There are several perspectives used by photographers to bring out the true concepts and emotions in the staircases. A few of them are:

Leading the Eye

Staircases by their very nature lead us somewhere, so photographers use this to their advantage – They choose a viewpoint that hides the far end of the staircase, enticing the viewer to wonder where it could lead. This ‘mental exploration’ adds mystery and engages the viewer.

Leading lines are a great way to draw a viewer’s eye through a photographer’s scene. Banisters and handrails are particularly useful for this, so positioning correctly to create an interesting path through the photo is quite important. EXAMPLE

Using natural curves

When photographing curving staircases, showing off their sweeping lines is the best way to bring out the dynamic feel in these stairs. A wide angle lens is perfect for exaggerating the contours of a twisting staircase. Also, placing the main focal point off-centre helps to give a photo more balance. EXAMPLE

Showing off symmetry

Many staircases are constructed in a way that gives them an obvious symmetry. Photograpgers exploit this by positioning themselves right in the middle of the line of symmetry and arranging their composition so that the symmetry becomes the main point of interest in the photo.

A symmetrical staircase is often best photographed by moving back as far as you can and zooming in, or even using a telephoto lens. This flattens any distortion caused by perspective, making the symmetry even more prominent. EXAMPLE

Finding an unusual angle

We are used to seeing staircases from eye-level – we do so all day long. A photo taken from this level will seem too familiar to be interesting to us. Instead, experiment with different shooting angles and positions, for example:

  • try shooting your staircase from high above or from near ground level : EXAMPLE
  • turn the camera to an interesting angle
  • use your camera to peer through the gaps between the steps

There a lot more ways to capture the beauty of staircases in photography. It needs a lot of experimentation and the right use of lighting and exposure too.

{source : amateur snapper}

In this article, I have showcased some of the most beautiful examples of staircases. A much needed appreciation goes for the photographers who captured the scene with the right emotion and at the right moment. Although these stairs are spiral by appearance, they aren’t actually spiral in a literal sense. The term “spiral” is used incorrectly for a staircase from a mathematical viewpoint, as a mathematical spiral lies in a single plane and moves towards or away from a central point. A spiral staircase by the mathematical definition therefore would be of little use as it would afford no change in elevation. The correct mathematical term for these staircases would be “helical”.

1) The Expedition yushimoto_02 by christian

spiral staircase photography

2) Wings of rise by Sven Fennema

amazing staircase photography

4) Abandoned Castle by Herbert Wannhoff

5) Staircase concrete by holger droste

6) Up, up, up we go by Claudia Rückert

7) The Spiral via reinkarnacja

8 ) Spiral by Spaghettitrain

9) Circle of belief by Serban Mestecaneanu

breathtaking spiral staircases

10) Caracole by Giulio Ercolani

11) Into the Light I by KPK

12) The Abyss by reinkarnacja

13) Stairway by carol60

14) Rush Hour by sensorfleck

15) Spiral II. by Jure Kravanja

16) Into the Light II by KPK

17) Palladio’s dream by AndreJa

18) Up, to the light by Jan Gravekamp

19) sixth step by Suryo Tutuko

20) With drive by Takami

21) Twirl by Laszlo

22) Round and Round by Scott Crouse

23) Infinity? by Peter Carlsen

24) Lighthouse Blues by Martin C

25) Helix vertigo by Inés Montenegro

26) Staircase by Luisa

27) Spiral staircase by Frank Mahler

28) Stairs toward wonderland by Vincent Montibus

29) Vortex by Nico Surace

30) Inside Capitol Hill by Kevin Ng

31) Carpe Diem by FrankBa

32) Staircase by Stefan

33) Blue staircase by caostwalker

34) Art Deco Oval staircase  by Nick Garrod

35) MCA’s goldfish staircase by jrfphotography

36) Art nouveau staircase by dappers

37) Museum staircase 02 by Mike Ancient

awesome staircase photography

38) Rookery Building Spiraling Staircase by Mister Joe

39) Staircase by Mark henderson

40) DNA? – By Liber

Sources and Further Inspiration:

1) Flickr Staircase Photostream

2) Staircase on Wikipedia

3) A little more info on Stairs – BBC

4) The most terrifying spiral staircases on Earth

5) 101 Dizzying Spiral Staircases & Twisted Architectural Art Photos (nice article)

So, I hope you enjoyed the architectural wonders in those staircases and found the photographs impressive too. Have a good day!

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15 Responses to “40 most enchanting examples of Staircase Photography”
  1. sandesh says:

    Nice.Some stairs are amazing and some gave me headache.Very nice post.

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this. Please keep up the good work.

  3. charlotte says:

    OH!! the captures are amazingly beautiful! The pictures imply how pro you are in photography Keep it up..

  4. Siddharth says:

    i like that u have provided the source link too along with the post. :)

  5. Sasidhar says:

    Superb stairs. . .nice collection…

  6. My photo’s are not public domain. The fact that you put my name under it does not give you the permission to show my pictures on your website.

    I consider this as theft and I would like you to remove my picture from your website as long as you don’t have permission to use it.

    Guido Franssens



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