There have been many times when travelling that I’ve stared up at some steps. I’m not the best at climbing stairs, but the incentives to do so are often great. A wonderful view, an interesting building, a slice of history … Any of these is likely to entice me to climb.
Steps and staircases have an inherent contrast built into them, with the angles creating slices of shadow and light. That makes them perfect for monochrome photography. So I’ve trawled the archives for Cee’s Black and White challenge theme of steps or ladders and found some of the flights of steps or stairs I’ve climbed in the past, as well as a few that I haven’t. I’m sharing these also for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness.
My feature photo has been used before in a gallery devoted just to that one staircase. But it was too fitting for this theme not to share again. That one is in London while the remainder will take you to Newcastle, Italy, China, Morocco, Cambodia, India, Guatemala, France and the US!
As always I have used Silver Efex for all my edits.
The Tulip Stairs at the Queen’s House in Greenwich, London: the first unsupported spiral staircase in Britain
Looking up at the climb in front of us, Cape May Lighthouse, New Jersey
Looking down this time, in the tower of the Misericordia church, Tavira, Portugal
Inside Rocca Roveresca, a fortress in Senigalia, Italy
Climbing the stairs of the Torre Guinigi in Lucca, Italy
In the small hilltop town of Serra San Quirico, Marche, Italy
One of several flights of steps leading up from Newcastle upon Tyne’s Quayside
The Lost World pyramid at Tikal, Guatemala
Steps at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Steps at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Tiled stairs in the Musee Tiskiwin, Marrakesh
Stairs to the lower floor of the Jeu de Paume gallery in Paris
Fire escape, Meatpackers District, New York City
At the Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India
Ceremonial khiva ladder at Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico