The Downward Spiral
Staircases can be found in incredibly varied forms such as triangular, circular, rectangular and oval and are made of myriad of materials from stone and concrete to wood, metal and brick. As much as they are functional, staircases are also decorative and form an integral part of any building. They use visual language of form, shape, lines, colour and texture to create an abstract composition that truly appeals to me.
This image is part of a larger series featuring spiral staircases in various locations around London. This particular staircase can be found in Heal's upmarket furniture store in Tottenham Court Road. The combination of white railing and wooden walls and steps created a wonderful duet that caught my attention. In addition, the small windows allowed for just enough sunlight to enter the staircase to make the composition more intriguing.
Author: Katherine Young is an award winning fine art photographer currently based in London. Having lived on three continents, Katherine has a keen interest in travel and has shot in many parts of the world.
Her interest in photography started at an early age however it has only been in the last five years that Katherine took her hobby more seriously. As a self-taught photographer, Katherine began with travel photography, concentrating on urban landscapes and people, aiming to capture the essence of each of the places she has visited. Inspired by the contemporary architecture of Singapore, Katherine focused her attention on cityscapes and architecture, often using HDR photography to emphasise the vibrance and beauty of the city-state.
Katherine’s real passion is black-and-white photography as she feels that monochromatic images have a surreal and timeless quality which leaves a striking impact on the viewer. Without the distraction of colour, the photograph looks cleaner and reveals the very soul of the subject. Katherine believes that contemporary architecture with its straight lines, dramatic angles and polished surfaces, is particularly well suited to her style of photography and enables her to fully express her vision. She is fascinated by the way 'light illuminates and shadow defines' such structures and brings them to life.