Stairs are a great subject for photography because they are a great example of how objects with practical purpose can manifest themselves as patterns. They are highly geometric, each stair replicating the same height as the previous one over a great distance. Whether coiled in a spiral, stacked in a series of square landings, or stretching as far as the eye can see, staircases are less likely to be as chaotic and random as other structures because their shape is determined by a clear purpose. Their design is only subject to creative experimentation in a limited way, because at the end of the day they have to meet a practical need that allows people to climb a given building or hillside with convenience. Photographers are, therefore, often drawn to their visual logic and their ordered geometry. 

This phenomenon is beautifully illustrated in the gallery of photos posted below. These photos are shot to frame and emphasize this sense of structured logic that is inherent in stares, and through all of this logic and geometry, these photos find harmony and beauty.

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