The Story Behind the Photo - Spiral Staircase
This dramatic spiral staircase in my Architecture portfolio leads to the balconies in the Capitol Library room in the Tennessee State House in Nashville. The de-saturated color is intentional because I was fascinated by the shape and motion of the spiral, not to mention the intense detail of the iron work. I thought the monochromatic effect would help accentuate those details.
The compressed perspective of the image is the result of looking up at the bottom of the balconies from the main floor and the fact that this is a rather tight shot. Compare this view with the establishing shot of the room shown at the bottom of the page... Spiral and FiligreeDetail of the original cast iron staircase and balcony railings in the Capitol Library of the Tennessee State House
So it might help for you to see an establishing shot of the room in its usual perspective and color. There are a few distractions, like the folding tables behind the staircase, so I searched around for a point of view that would eliminate those and draw the viewer's attention to what I considered the most interesting visual element -- the spiral staircase itself.
Capitol Library, Tennessee State House
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