Stairs – A Short Study, Dongdaemun, Seoul

I’m really getting on board with the enticing blog post titles; “Stairs – A Short Study” – hardly groundbreaking clickbait.

There is relatively modern design plaza in the centre of Seoul. I decided to take a few photographs as the architecture is quite unusual.

This post is about one set of stairs.

I was drawn by the wonderful geometry. I love how they widen as they descend. I like the grey concrete of the stairs, floor and wall and how while they are similar they have different angles and textures. I think it’s a wonderful piece of subtle design.

But the stairs aren’t the full story, the interest was completed by watching different people walk up and down.

A single guy strolling down slowly.

A middle aged couple marching up in bright winter coats.

A young couple romantically staggering up.

One of the things I love about photography is the frozen motion especially mid step, jog, leap..  I think that’s why some sports / action photographs can be so striking.

Looking back on images of people frozen in time as they ascend or descend is more interesting than the real moment; sometimes life goes too quickly to catch the details.

Note: these photos are unadjusted from RAW in the camera, I like the natural unedited low contrast. I think it’s the first time I haven’t wanted to process a photo at all (I’m not talking about photoshop, just the normal in camera automatic processing).

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Am I crazy, or do these stairs hold any interest for anyone else?

6 Comments

    1. Yeah, I have a few more pictures to post, but I don’t think I got any of the human silhouette statue / artwork, they didn’t look great in the frame, but were interesting to walk around and see in real life. I’m not sure I’d call DDP beautiful; I think spaceship is a good description, it has some beautiful angles and views, but it also feels a bit too separate from the vibe of Seoul if that makes any sense ?

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