“The world is like a staircase, some are going up and some are going down.” Samuel Johnson

As I was taking my series pictures, I had a lot of doubts. I was frustrated because I thought they were all lame and that none of them looked good. It was a pleasant surprise when I sat down to edit, and I fell in love with most of these pictures!

Series 4: 05-21-18; 2pm; Bannack, Montana; FL: 35mm; f/8; 1/8; Canon EOS REBEL T5i

These were my favorite stairs. The soft blue color and how petite and elegant they were in such a plain house really caught my attention. I focused on the small twist and shot from the ground up on my tippy toes to get this angle.

Series 5: 05-21-18; 2pm; Bannack, Montana; FL: 18mm; f/8; 1/10; Canon EOS REBEL T5i

The grand staircase was stunning. I had to be quick to grab this picture in-between all the portrait photos going on. Again, I was drawn to the curve in these stairs and I like how the balcony curves in the center of the picture.

Series 1: 05-21-18; 2pm; Bannack, Montana; FL: 28mm; f/9; 1/125; Canon EOS REBEL T5i

These are the stairs outside the church. I wanted to get a different angle for this to make them not so plain. I got down on my stomach and got the green grass as well as the brick at the bottom of the church.

Series 2: 05-21-18; 2pm; Bannack, Montana; FL: 20mm; f/8; 1/60; Canon EOS REBEL T5i

The colors and shadow in this picture blew me away! I love it! I love the blue worn stairs and the yellow wall. I also love the curve in the shadow. I feel like this tells a story even though it is just a picture of a staircase.

Series 3: 05-21-18; 2pm; Bannack, Montana; FL: 18mm; f/8; 1.0; Canon EOS REBEL T5i

I wandered down to the very last house all by myself. I walked in and for the only time in the ghost town, I felt super strange. That sounds silly, but I did not like being there alone. It was very dark in this house and so I knew I had to have a long shutter speed. Every picture I took was blurry until I went all the way upstairs and place my camera on the bottom of the balcony. That way it held steady enough to get the picture.

-BP