Spiral staircase

I’m always fascinated by the elegant geometry of spiral staircases.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Mystery building

I’ve been intrigued by this building ever since I first saw it over ten years ago. It is just outside the boundary of a shopping centre on the outskirts of Limoges.

I have no idea what it is, but the combination of shapes – including a spiral staircase – certainly fits the bill for Cee’s Black & White theme this week of ‘Geometry’.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Geometry

The condemned staircase

This is a view of the staircase that was in our house just after we bought it.  Originally, it was boxed in, which made the room – which is north-facing – even darker. However, Madame (with no little relish, it must be said) took a jemmy to it and exposed the original. It had to go however, as it was dangerously rickety.

Nonetheless it is a set of steps to meet this week’s challenge theme and, particularly in monochrome, the strong diagonals make for an interesting image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps

The stairwell

Viewed from the ground floor, this staircase – in an old hotel in Paris – becomes an abstract composition of circles and curves.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves

The old staircase

This ancient and very worn staircase can be found on the Pont Valentre in the town of Cahors, in southern France.

Amazingly, worn as it is and with no handrail, it is not roped off in any way to prevent public access. It would take a brave or foolhardy soul to climb it, though, however impressive the views over the River Lot might be from the top.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure

The staircase

While visiting the restored medieval abbey of Noirlac last year, I was struck by this almost abstract composition of a curving staircase and austere stone walls. Another homage to M C Escher and suitable for Cee’s Black & White subject of ‘Walls’ this week.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walls

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

This image shows the stairwell of the bell-tower of the restored Abbaye de La Reau, in central France.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend