The Staircase

A Series of Giclee Prints of an Abandoned 'belle epoque' Staircase

There is a delicacy, an allure to photographs of beautiful abandoned houses and buildings - I have a passion for finding these hidden places and then trying to chronicle them.

The challenge of taking photographs of mysterious, deserted places is irresistible. Each place has its own magic, its own light and shadow and the final prints of this antique stone staircase reveal a faded beauty and charm that had been hidden away too long. These are architectural photographs but more than that, they are a homage to enduring nature of beauty. Ethereal photographs, I hope!

Photographs of a secret place

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. 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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