The Staircase

A 'belle epoque' staircase in pictures

Who had walked on these stone steps? Who had polished the railings? This place was a  mystery.  It was so old and decaying that I felt I was breathing air from another century.

Photographs of a secret place

I'd driven through a thunderstorm and when it cleared, I could see an enormous mansion partly hidden by trees, just ahead of me. l waded through the soaking grass towards huge double wooden doors, left ajar. I'm useless with temptation, so I went in. The bicycle was the first thing I saw, directly in front of me. The staircase wound up 3 floors with great big empty ballrooms on either side. Really weird.

There was virtually no light or moving air and I knew there would be large areas of black in the final images. I chose Hahnemuhle Pearl paper as its creamy textured feel holds the depths of the blacks beautifully and gives the goldy, rich colours a warmth, too. The resin coating completes the sense of grandeur.

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