Ed Ford  

Stairway to Where? by Ed Ford

November 2019 - Stairway to Where?

November 2019 - Ed Ford


About the Image(s)

This was taken in an Archeological sites in Maryland though it was not one at the time taken. I was taken by the stark appearance of the abandoned building and the stairs going to the second floor. I like the texture and the appearance of real age in the paint and the steps. As I looked at the scene my first thought was what is up the stairs? There was an eerie feeling about the scene. I tried to capture that in my presentation of the image. That is the reason for the black vignette and to harsh contrast. I chose a sepia based monochrome to add to the sense of age in the image. I think the image works both in color and in monochrome, but personally I like the monochrome better. Your thoughts?

5 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I'm attracted to scenes like this myself, Ed, and you've got nice, gritty texture and detail here. I'm wondering, could you have taken a few steps to the left, and possibly seen some of the bend in the staircase to the right? I find that adds a dimension of interest to scenes like this. Also, I'm not sure about the black spot, will be interested to see what others think about that. But overall I definitely like and appreciate what you were after.   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:34:05

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
A most interesting shot. I think the B&W is more evocative.I agree with Jack about the black spot. I see in the color that it is not as solid bleack as in the B&W. The turning step is a bit too dark and you have lost the detail that it is a turning step. If you restore that by lightening it just a bit would give it some of the dimension that Jack suggests in his comment   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:38:38

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I definitely prefer the B&W version and I like the moodiness of the picture. I like the question it asks as to what is round the corner. But the black area on the corner is too dominant and one cant stop being distracted by it. As Albert suggests, some localised work on that could solve this being an issue. Also, where do you want the brightest part of the image? At the moment it's the right edge plus below the opening door.

I like your title.   Posted: 11/13/2019 11:46:45

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thank you for your comments. I chose to keep the black spot because it was part of the whole scene of the deserted house. However, I also can see what has been said and frankly toning that area down would have made the image better. Thank you for your inputs - that is why I take part in this group - points well taken.   Posted: 11/15/2019 11:38:30

Don Crow   Don Crow
I too like the b&w over the color version. It has a quality that matches the age of the scene. I agree with the others in that the dark spot is distracting. It wants you to wonder what is up the stairs.
  Posted: 11/16/2019 11:22:02


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