The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Bottom’s Up…

So a couple of weeks ago I posted a shot of The Grand Shaft, and was asked what it looked like from inside… So here’s a couple of shots from top to bottom, and bottom to top…

As mentioned back then, this is a triple spiral staircase, and was used to get the troops from the beach up to theĀ Napoleonic Fort at the top of the Western Heights in Dover. It’s also only open to the public twice a year… so was worth the visit (and the climb)…

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26 responses

  1. What a bloody marvellous place and a great view too. Love the perspective in the bottom picture.

    November 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

  2. Great shots! I like the first shot best – but, I’m not sure why.

    November 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    • The first I think is my favourite too… Many thanks…

      November 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm

  3. very, very creative, Brian!!! nice job.
    You’re lucky to see this and shot it with your camera ;)

    November 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    • Yeah it’s one of those places I kept meaning to get too for a long time… Thanks Irina..

      November 26, 2010 at 11:56 pm

  4. Very cool! Now I’d like to see the view outside from the top please! :-)

    November 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    • Haha… Well I do have a shot from the top, but the light was real bad so it’s not that good I’m afraid… If you really wanna see it though I could always send you a link… lol…

      November 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

  5. Wow! These are AMAZING! I can’t decide which of the two I like better.
    Pretty nice light in there, too!

    November 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    • Thanks Michaela… The lights in the stairways really helped I think…

      November 27, 2010 at 12:03 am

  6. Wow, interesting perspective,awesome shot

    November 24, 2010 at 6:19 am

  7. Very cool! Great perspective in both shots.

    November 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm

  8. aswirly

    Yikes that is a long way down, and up! It must get crowded there if it’s open only twice a year…

    November 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    • Actually it wasn’t at all crowded, which really surprised me… but it WAS a long way down… Much further down than up… lol… ;)

      November 27, 2010 at 12:10 am

  9. Amazing shots! I hadn’t guessed it could be anything like this inside. Very interesting perspectives you’ve used, they make excellent compositions! I couldn’t say I have a favourite but I like the way the light hits the doors in the second… On second thoughts, perhaps that one is my favourite!

    November 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    • Thanks Kai… lol… Yeah it would seem as though you’ve chosen…

      November 27, 2010 at 12:12 am

  10. Val Erde

    Fabulous shots, Brian!! But – eek! That would scare me witless looking down at that perspective!

    Are the lights in the archways from electric bulbs or are they lighting them with torches/candles as would have been at the time (or possibly not at the time, would they have been lit at all?)

    November 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    • Lol… Cheers Val… The lights in the archways / stairwells were just a serious of electric bulbs… although at the time, well who knows… I’d guess candles or torches though…

      November 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

  11. Absolutely dizzying, Brian! Especially the one looking down……

    November 25, 2010 at 9:36 pm

  12. Jayne

    Amazing perspective – this looks quite Dali-esque, as though windows are just floating in mid-air.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    • Thanks Jayne.. Hadn’t really considered that myself, but I guess you have a point there… :)

      December 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

  13. Wow, both nice but that first one is a real mindblower. Wonderful image of an unusual creation.

    December 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

  14. Just been scrolling back though your work. These are cracking shots! I love ’em.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

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