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Stairway to Heaven: 14 Dizzying Photos of Staircases to Make Your Toes Twitch

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26 September 2017

Posted by Cecily Eltringham

For the pedestrian, stairs are not much more than an obstacle to be surmounted. When you find yourself panting up a steep staircase, you may feel particularly inclined to stop and appreciate how the innate geometry of the staircase lends itself to patterns that are mesmerising in their simplicity. It is often the case that the aesthetics of objects that are primarily functional in design are lost on those that use them. For the photographer, however, the transformation from the mundane into the marvellous is just a matter of perspective.

A staircase in São Paulo, Brazil, is almost lost in a camouflage of street art.

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A staircase cuts across an escalator in an Escher-esque scene at Liverpool 1, UK.

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A staircase in an industrial area in northern Toronto casts eerie shadows.

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An angular staircase spirals to a pinpoint.

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Staircases zig and zag in this black and white shot from Liverpool, England.

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A spiral staircase in shades of dazzling blue swirls to a yellow full-stop in Glasgow city centre. The building used to be the Glasgow herald building, but is now a museum.

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An escalator climbs in triplicate alongside its crisp reflections towards a clear winter sky.

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A claustrophobic staircase in Singapore, bordered by imposing walls.

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Clean white curves comprise a staircase in the Museum of Liverpool.

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Paint peels on a staircase at Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue, Vietnam.

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A a snail-like spiral staircase slides across a geometric window in City Hall, London.

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Stairs on a rusted-metal gas tank which glows in dusky shades of blue and orange.

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A staircase the One Exchange Mall, St Paul’s, London, snakes organically between two levels.

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