The Monotony of Stairs (Photos/Framing)

As an architectural student, I never heard of the couple named Bernd & Hilla Becher until my first lecture at University. They are renowned for images of Germany’s ominous water towers and coal bunkers, but the Bechers’ body of work, majestic though it may be, belongs to the past now.* Their technique is repetition as a connecting element. I suggest the use of black and white can express the feeling of monotony and moody when I looked at their photos and I feel bored as the photo repeats itself. I loosely mimicked their idea of monotony by framing pictures of stairs near UTS. Stairs like Becher’s water towers has also have a connecting element that repeats steps until reaching another floor whether it is upstairs or downstairs. Repeating its element has the rhythm that regular users don’t really seem to care or engage to because of its use. The use of black and white depicts the idea of loss of value every time a user steps on it, spits on it and sits down on it. It seems to be that stairs can only be used in those three ways rather than seeing the beauty of it. What links to my pictures and the Bechers’ is that it which was once considered purely functional and even ugly, can try to attain its beauty when seen through the eyes of the users.**

Brecher’s Photography of Towers
Andy’s Photography of Stairs.


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