20 Mesmerizing Examples of Spiral Staircase Photography

20 Mesmerizing Examples of Spiral Staircase Photography

It’s hard to explain why, but there’s something so addicting about the perfect shapes of the spiral stairs that it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Interestingly, spiral staircases were introduced relatively late into the architecture due to their complex helical structure. Although first examples date back to 5th century BC, it wasn’t until the Trajan’s Column, erected in Rome in 113 AD, that this space-saving element won itself a place in Roman architecture.

Because of their elegant round shape, spiral staircases give a more romantic touch to the building than the regular stairs would. The photogenic side of the spiral stairs has been widely exploited by photographers and movie-makers alike. The stair shots have developed many symbolic meanings that help to strengthen the message of the movie when used appropriately.

The symbolism didn’t go unnoticed even by Dr. Sigmund Freud, who, unsurprisingly, considered walking up and down the stairs as a representation of the sexual act. As the architectural styles get more diverse, so do the examples of spiral stairs.

Without further ado, take a look at this mesmerizing selection of spiral staircases from all around the world!

P.S.: some locations are missing, let us know if you recognize them!

1. Vatican Museum

Photo by: Alexander Dragnov

2. Sagrada Familia, Spain

Photo by: Vincent Spanneut

3. Dresden, Germany

Photo by: Philipp Götze

4. Cottbus University Library, Germany

Photo by: Philipp Götze

5. Heal’s Department Store, United Kingdom

Photo by: Aaron Yeoman

6. San Francisco, USA

Photo by: Ryan C. Anderson

7. Germany

Photo by: Matthias Haker

8. Queen’s House, United Kingdom

Photo by: Edward Bozzard

9. Location Unknown

Photo by: Izidor Gasperlin

10. Finland

Photo by: Ilkka Hämäläinen

11. Castle Hartenfels in Torgau, Germany

Photo by: HannoFlickr

12. Eckmuhl Lighthouse, France

Photo by: Mickael Lootens

13. Location Unknown

Photo by: Harry Lieber

14. Tokyo, Japan

Photo by: imarin95

15. Chinese Garden, Singapore

Photo by: Renanda Rahmawan

16. Dresden, Germany

Photo by: Philipp Götze

17. Deutsche Kinemathek Museum, Germany

Photo by: Christian Beirle González

18. Munich, Germany

Photo by: Christian Beirle González

19. Dresden, Germany

Photo by: Philipp Götze

20. Vizcaya Museum, USA

Photo by: Marco Hofmann

20 Mesmerizing Examples of Spiral Staircase Photography

Portraits of Unrelated Look-Alikes by François Brunelle

Portraits of Unrelated Look-Alikes by François Brunelle

Ever had people say that you reminded them of someone else? Well, sometimes it may be not just a cheesy pick up line: Canadian photographer François Brunelle proves this in this twin photo series “I’m not a look-alike!”, where his almost identical models are not even related. The artist has been studying the human face since 1968, when he first started of as a photographer at the age of 18. He is now set to make 200 photos of the look-alike couples and publish them as a portrait book.

François finds his models while traveling and then brings two complete strangers together for a photo shoot. “I found my first subjects simply through people I knew who looked alike. Then as the media covered my project, more people came forward to take part,” he adds.

Couples of different ages and even sexes pose as if for their family portraits, and one would hardly think they could be coming from completely different parts of the globe. Curious world we live in!

Website: brunelle.com

Portraits of Unrelated Look-Alikes by François Brunelle

Turn a Lighter Into a Mini Bike

Turn a Lighter Into a Mini Bike

We don’t know how we missed this awesome DIY lighter bike while making the list of 20 Creative DIY Project Ideas, but it will definitely be included in the part II. The pictures were originally posted on reddit without any additional instructions, so it may require some patience if you try to build this mini motorcycle yourself. Let us know how it goes!

P.S.: feel free to make your suggestions for the upcoming list of Creative DIY Project Ideas below!

Turn a Lighter Into a Mini Bike

This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #15

This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #15

If you have a story that’s interesting to more people than you and your mother – share it with everyone else! To get an idea what pandas like, just play around our magazine (hints: unique design ideas, art, photography, inspiration). It can be your own art project or you can write about someone else’s work. You can also create all kind of fun lists of creative products or photos.

The best stories will be featured on BoredPanda.com home page and will have a chance to cure 10,000 people from boredom everyday.

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This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #15

22 Random Acts of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

22 Random Acts of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Ever seen the movie “Pay it Forward”? The one where a boy decides to be paying a favor not back, but forward – repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. There is something just so powerful about unexpected acts of kindness that even the least emotional people can’t stay untouched by such acts. Stories of doing something selfless for strangers are still rare enough to make the headlines or go viral on the Internet.

With Christmas getting closer, the holiday mood can be spread in more ways than just buying gifts of decorating a tree. Sparing a couple of minutes to do at least a small kind deed will not only cheer up somebody else, but also leave you with a very rewarding feeling as well. If you gather a group of friends, maybe you could even organize something bigger? Let us know if you do! In the meantime, here are some random acts of kindness that left us teary-eyed. Take a look!

1. Rescuing a Kitten During War

Despite having seen all the atrocities of war, this soldier still took the time to feed a kitten with a pipette to rescue him. (Image credits: imgur.com)

2. Pre-paid Vending Machine Treat

Somebody decided to make a treat for a stranger and left change for some sweet goodies, taped on a vending machine. (Image credits: imgur.com)

3. Fixing A Ruined Mailbox

Not everyone who knocks something down runs away from it – sometimes they just leave to come back with the tools to fix the mess. (Image credits: imgur.com)

4. Afghan Offers Tea to Soldiers

Afghan man offers tea to thirsty fighting American soldiers. Notice the second cup in his hand and another soldier in the background. (Image credits: imgur.com)

5. Free Electricity

Thousands of people were left without electricity when hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. People allowed strangers to charge their phones to let the relatives know they were alright. (Image credits: imgur.com)

6. Everyone Enjoying a Concert Equally

Fans hold up a handicapped friend in Korn concert in Moscow. (Image credits: imgur.com)

7. Kittens Rescued from a Flood

A villager carries kittens on a basket towards dry land as he wades through floodwaters, followed by the mother of the kittens, on the outskirts of Cuttack city (Image credits: newshopper.sulekha.com)

8. Apologetic Crying Babies on Flight

Brilliant and thoughtful parents handed these out to everyone on their flight. (Image credits: imgur.com)

9. iPhone Found and Returned

An iPhone was found in a grass, and because of it being locked, an old school road sign poster was the only way to go. (Image credits: imgur.com)

10. Thirsty Koala Rescue

At 40 degrees Celsius in Australia , it was so hot for a week that Koalas were asking people for water. (Image credits: panoramio.com)

11. Free Drycleaners for Job Hunters

When you want something bad enough, the whole world helps you get it. Local dry cleaners decided to help the unemployed look sharp on their job interviews. (Image credits: quipster.wordpress.com)

12. Runner Helps out a Competitor

Ohio track star carries runner across finish line at state competition. (Image credits: huffingtonpost.com)

13. Kangaroo Rescued from Flood

Man risked his life to rescue a kangaroo in Queensland’s floods. (Image credits: heraldsun.com.au)

14. Boys Wish Heard by Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s officially changes name of tiger variety after three-year-old’s letter goes viral. (Image credits: dailymail.co.uk)

15. Free Meals for the Homeless

Faith in corporate humanity. (Image credits: reddit.com)

16. Puppies Rescued from a Flood

A man carries puppies back inside their house as other dogs stay on the roof at a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines. (Image credits: news.nationalpost.com)

17. Fireman Fighting for a Kitten

A firefighter administering Oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire. (Image credits: imgur.com)

18. Baby Lamb Rescued from Ocean

Two Norwegian guys rescuing a baby lamb drowning in the ocean. (Image credits: imgur.com)

19. Boots for a Homeless Man

New York police officer gives boots to barefoot man. (Image credits: nytimes.com)

20. Wallet Found and Returned

A guy found a wallet of the previous holder of a rented car and mailed it to him. (Image credits: imgur.com)

21. Puppy Joins the Marines

After following the Marines numerous miles, a soft-hearted marine picked the puppy up and carried the puppy in his drop pouch. (Image credits: CTMphotovideo)

22. Experienced Parents Support a Young Family

Some experienced parents can really sympathize with couples who are struggling with their first-borns: one family was especially kind to make the new parents feel some support. (Image credits: imgur.com)

22 Random Acts of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
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