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Golden Steps by Matthias-Haker Golden Steps by Matthias-Haker
Abandoned Castle somewhere in Europe.

©Matthias Haker 2013
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As an aspiring architect, this image makes me realize how far away modern architects have moved from the antique forms present here. Doors of varying height...right next to each other?! How strange. Custom-made railing for a stair?! How expensive. Ornamented ceilings?! How useless.

This image alone shows how powerful a single room can be when it brings light inside eloquently. Every part of this room is unique to itself, and shows an antiquated attention to detail rarely seen today, where contractors bring in catalog materials across the world to make a building.

I like how the paint peeling off the walls adds another layer of detail to the shot, when the viewer's eyes have a general sense of what the doors and window look like. This added level made me want to take a harder look at everything all over again. I notice the flakes on the floor, the doorbell between the doors, and the golden leaves on the railing.

What I love most about this shot in particular is how Matthias pays attention to the attention to detail. He bisects the frame with the unique railing, and lets the doors and window become their own entities. All of his photos are a tribute to how these older styles remain beautiful, even when in decay.
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ela1221 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OperaticAnimeNimue Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I wish I could go to these places so I can try and fix them!
chloris-art Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
i wouldn't necessarily fix them... because antiquity and those worn out walls and doors and the beauty of it all :)
fractalhead Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
very good
Evangeline-Sibeliah Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Did the self-proclaimed critic above just call indoor ceiling ornaments useless? Wow.
Just yesterday, I was admiring indoor ceiling ornaments at a train station while waiting for a transfer. I'm so thankful for the architecture of the past, because unlike modern architecture, you can look at it for hours and never get tired of it. I LOVE indoor ornaments and I think it's a crime that it's not being done anymore.
TheMouseQueen Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
No, he did not himself call them useless. He's using irony to make a point that in today's modern world, these things are considered odd, expensive and useless. It's called irony and he's talking aloud to the audience. I can't believe that isn't obvious. He's talking aloud about today's world verses the world of many years ago in history. It's a fantastic picture and makes one want to ask so many questions.
Evangeline-Sibeliah Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I like the picture too.
It's true that he could be using irony, though he doesn't really set it up (that's the problem about written form - you have to use markers where you would use your tone in spoken language). Nevertheless, my problem wasn't with how much honesty he was using, my problem was with the thought even ocurring to him. Modern architects looking at such beauty and calling it useless? Even if he was quoting someone else, the thought really irritates me.
LisaGorska Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
did you read the whole comment? it sounds like you just read that first part. if you read carefully, you'd realize the critic above admires the beauty of the building, the ornaments included. his statements about the uselessness of the ornamented ceiling is most probably a reference to the cannons of modern architecture which condemn such abundant decoration, rather than his own opinion on the matter.
Evangeline-Sibeliah Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Yep, I did read the whole thing. He didn't contradict the "useless" statement - but subtext is always up for interpretation, so you can definitely argue that it was there. However, you have nothing to hold against me.
bmarch Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Another fine photograph!
LostSaga Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. A striking thing is the bend in perception that happens when one looks to the right if the frame. The stairs seem to pull one's gaze into the unknown depths
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very nice interior
EspioArtworks Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
everything seems old fashioned
MimiZhorse Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Those doors remind me of Alice in Wonderland ... lovely

amazing work as always
emmalilly22 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
morbide Schönheit vergangener Zeiten !
caddlART Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
PivoineRouge Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
What a strange thing: two doors of different measures....maybe they fits the owner's room. XD
maxnort Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Writer
...and this door here is where we locked up mad aunt margot for 25 years...
PivoineRouge Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
O^O ???? poor auntie!
PernicketyPern Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your work. You capture these old, abandoned spaces in a way that makes anyone see their beauty.
Unfortunately they also awaken the designer in me, and they make me so badly want to repair bring these building back to their former life.

News hit today in Norway, that this guy has won the equivalent of over 17 million dollars in the lottery.
...I know what I would spend that kind of money on!
jestembella Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work ; )
Ghenesis Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Awesome! This photo is very communicative, you captured a fantastic light in a very strange but fascinating place.
darkdragonsgirl Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, the lighting effect is incredible as well, you must have some patience
abaloo72 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
love it!
pudenda Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Excellent photo. Sad that these magnificent places are in disrepair.
seelifein69 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find that the rundown broken places are the most beautiful. You have an amazing eye for this!
JAStar4 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Writer
kelbora Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I'm one of your more recent discoverers, but I'm really entranced by your work. I have favorited many of your pieces and find them absolutely stunning; you take things so desolate and macabre and make them hauntingly beautiful. I commend you on your vast portfolio and this newest addition here - well done and I look forward to more from you.
yanshee Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Photographer
Wow, stunning shot !
MRvLPhotography Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome find!
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Feb 25, 2013, 10:50:15 AM
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