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).
Do these stairs hold any interest for anyone else?