“Concrete Staircase” by Frank Bruynseraede

There’s not really a big story behind the image.

The staircase is in a newly built hospital here in the city of Antwerp. During the building process, photography enthusiasts quickly became aware of the fact that a quite interesting staircase would become a central focal point in the lobby. So it was a case of patiently waiting untill the hospital opened for the public to be able to go and have a look at this staircase and when that finaly happened it didn’t disappointed.

It’s a beautiful thing indeed, and very soon, you could see photographers going in and out to capture this staircase from every angle possible. Like me, who was actually lying flat on his back in a public lobby to take this shot. Oh well! 🙂 I’m sure I wasn’t the first or will be the last.

I must admit that at first, I wasn’t quite sure about this image. It is obviously taken from the bottom looking up, and for a long time, I liked the one I took from the top looking down better. Until recently, as often happens when scrolling through ones photo library, I came back to this image and when looking at it with fresh eyes I found that I actually did like it a lot. I’ve been back to the hospital a couple of times now to get some more shots of the staircase (and other parts of the building because it is in and of itself a quite interesting building anyway), but as it happens this picture is one of the very first ones taken.

What are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

Well, not to be shy :-), I believe a lot ‘feels’ right about this photo. I think I found the right vantage point and composition to capture this Fibonacci spiral. This, combined with the specific nature of the concrete (the variations in structure and color), in my opinion, makes this a good photo and a pleasant one to look at.

If you could make this photo again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

Again, putting shyness aside, I don’t think that for this specific photo, I would do anything fundamentally different.

Frank Bruynseraede shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Frank Bruynseraede, Antwerp, Belgium


Equipment and settings

Canon 90D, Tamron 17-50mm F2.8

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