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You Don’t Need New York City, You Need A Simple Stairway

Marius Vieth, InspirationVICEComment

Every photographer knows the kind of photo walk where you put in all the effort, but it seems impossible to capture something awesome. In moments like these I always think: If the streets and people of my city were just more exciting, I would’ve captured something already. And every time I tell myself the same blunt truth: If I were more creative, I would’ve captured something already. It’s not my city, it’s not the empty streets and it’s definitely not the people, it’s me. I have to step up my game.

And that’s why I’m deeply convinced: You don’t need New York City, Paris or Hong Kong, you just need a simple stairway.


This stairway to the subway in our city is quite frankly plain, ugly and uninteresting. It has its purpose and we are happy to have it, but it will never win a beauty contest. But wasn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? And isn’t it all about what you make out of things that determines how much they mean in the end? So I set myself the challenge to find the everyday beauty in this unexciting grey subway entrance.

Not once, but as often as possible to show how much creativity changes the way you see things. So far I came up with 10 moments and I’m convinced that there’s way more to discover here if you take the time. I used my Canon 5D Mark II, an EF 50mm 1.4 and an EF 35 2.0. To bring my vision of these moments to life I used Lightroom 5. I just adjusted the contrasts, color temperature, clarity and applied some split toning. To get that many different versions of one place I simply wandered around this place and observed it from different angles. The details and perspectives I found always led to new, interesting moments. Anyways, this is what I saw in this grey subway entrance.

I know that it’s hard to see more in a place than meets the eye. It usually takes time and effort to see new sides of a familiar place. But that’s what makes photography so exciting – seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Next time you see some boring, uninteresting place set yourself the challenge to make it beautiful. Never forget:

What really brings out the everyday beauty of any grey subway entrance will always be your heart, eye and soul!