Utah Style and Design

Photo Friday: Heavenly Stairways

March 16, 2018

by Scot Zimmerman

“What’s your fascination with stairs?” I’ve been asked that question, not several, but many times. Frankly, I didn’t know I was experiencing a fascination until on retrospect I have to admit it’s possibly the case.



And in my defense, why shouldn’t I indulge in photographing something I find wonderful. After all, stairs are connections, they are sculptural, and they are functional.



Stairs are the result of problem solving. They merge a necessary functional element with overall aesthetics.



The aesthetics are complicated, too. They are experienced en route while traveling stairs, and with views both up and down, and from the base and top.


A stairway is a major design element that affects the balance of the room.

Sparano + Mooney Architect; Kaye Christainsen-Englert, ASID, Interior Designer


The combination of the intricacies and mass of stairways make them a natural focal point for many photo compositions.



I find also the detailing of the stairways show the mastery of designers and builders. That makes photographing stairways a natural for understanding their work.


So, OK, I’ll admit it. I have a fascination for stairs.


Featured image: Upwall Design; LMK Interior Design

Scot Zimmerman
Architectural photographer Scot Zimmerman has been photographing exteriors and interiors of homes, and commercial and public buildings across the United States for over 37 years. He is the principal photographer of eight books; over 40 periodicals have featured his work; and 11 museums have exhibited his photos. He’s fond of adventuring in the Southern Utah desert.



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