I was back at Tate Britain last week for lunch. I’m a member of Tate. Paying to be a Tate member gives me free entry to the permanent collections at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the two outlying galleries in St Ives and Liverpool plus free admission to all the main, normally chargeable, exhibitions. It’s money well spent.
It also gives me access to a members area supplying food and drink in a quiet area high up in the impressive dome of the rotunda just inside the main entrance facing the Thames. Always refreshing to have somewhere to sit, without pressure, that’s quiet and peaceful.
The main spiral staircase in the rotunda is well-known and a photograph of it is difficult to resist. Click here to see my own attempt. It’s surprisingly modern as you will discover if you read my previous blog about it. It is not the only spiral staircase. In the corners of the Rotunda are two smaller (by which I mean narrower) spirals that lead up to the members area referred to above. And today’s image is a view down one of them.
I love spiral staircases. I love the curves, the form, the lines. The decision is always: how do I compose this, how should I frame it? A wide-angle lens helps. This was shot at 24mm on my Lumix LX100, but an even wider lens will enable more options. And as with so many subjects, it’s all about experimenting, trying different angles, moving this way and that. I find that it’s only when I am back home that I can sift through the images and slowly find the few that, for me, are the better ones. And I know that next time I go to Tate, I will be drawn to take a few more. Drawn like a moth to a lightbulb!