I Travel Around Europe Photographing Abandoned Staircases
In these photo’s I’ve tried to capture the beauty of staircases in abandoned places. Places like these can be very old carrying lots of history with them. The difference in architecture is great to see and I believe that each place tells it own story. The staircase is one of my favourite objects in an abandoned place. I’m not exactly sure why that is though. I believe I’m just intrigued by the shape of them. It’s interesting to look at them from the bottom all the way up, and the other way around. You can see that someone has actually thought this properly through. Some of these have the shape of an eye, others are made out of pure concrete and others are very detailed carved into wood by a true craftsman with the tiniest details. The staircase is such an important part of a building connecting floors with each other, often in the center of the building. You can barely miss it and have to use it.
The photos have been taken in the past three years all around Europe. I find it very interesting to see how each staircase is different and has its own little details that are fascinating. The architecture differs a lot in each country.
I’ve used the Canon EOS 650D with a Sigma 10-20mm lens or a Canon 10-18mm lens. When shooting abandoned buildings, I mostly use my wide-angle to try and capture as much of the room as possible. I’ve recently made the switch from shooting with a Canon crop camera to shooting with a Sony full-frame camera. I’m using the Sony A7Rii and I’ve been using a wideangle 16-35mm lens and a standard zoomlens 24-70mm. I’ve been enjoying this switch a lot and most of the new reports will include shots with my new camera.
The rest of the photos can be found below. Click on them to enlarge:
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I love your photos. I love old architecture. You say abandoned, but abandoned to me means no ownership. As a man who has restored many homes I am curious is some of the photos you took were of places available to buy.
Thanks a lot, Michael! You are right, I am sure some of these buildings have an owner and might even be available to buy. I didn’t see any physical signs of that though.
What is the name of the castle that has the staircase shown in bottom row, furthest right on your photo wall? spiral staircase, with iron works, wood rail and large stone steps. https://romanrobroek.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Staircase_1.jpg
I am afraid that I can’t share the name or location of most of the buildings that I photograph, such as this one. Sorry!