"Ascending" is a single photographic design composed of over a dozen unique photographs of the same space from different angles and viewpoints. This individual piece is a part of a larger series of photographs and designs called "Equilibrium." The goal with each piece in "Equilibrium" is to create and replicate the senses of the urban environment. I wanted to capture the noise and movement from the structures of the city, and redistribute the structure to show both visual and audible noise. I looked to a feeling of vertigo, and a desire to find one’s equilibrium again as the tension of each piece.
It was important to find metal structures that felt open and pieced together since the gaps and negative spaces help to impart a sense of variation and movement. Metal staircases, specifically train stations, proved to be fantastic for these reasons in particular. With the desaturated colors and gritty rust, "Ascending" works on a level that feels both grounded in dirty reality, but moving towards a higher level of beauty and grace. The jagged cuts between photographic strips, mirrored with the sharp edges of the stairs create a powerful wave that crashes on the viewer, mimicking the jarring noise of a train screaming down the line, or whining to a halt, as busy people rush to catch their ride, ascending to a new level.