Walking up: it's all relative.

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© Michel González Brun
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Photo Info
UploadedJuly 4, 2008
TakenSeptember 2, 2008
ModelCanon EOS 450D
Exposure1/80 sec at f/3.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

This photo was taken in Beirut and was inspired by the drawing called Relativity by the graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972.)

The colours and white balance were slightly tweeked but no manipulations were done to the image.

A special thanks to Kate for defying gravity whilst modelling.

61 responses

  • Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman gave props (4 Jul 2008):

    Geat execution!

  • Denman

    Denman (Deleted) said (5 Jul 2008):

    i love the shot and the idea, but i think you should crop the window corner on the left to make it more focused on the steps. just an idea.. nevertheless it's cool!

  • Mauricio Jimenez

    Mauricio Jimenez gave props (5 Jul 2008):

    Excelent and very clever!

  • Amelia Wirogo

    Amelia Wirogo gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    very nice michael! i like this one! suits the theme :) btw i have submit it to "creepy" theme, thanks for your advice my dear. ciao XOXOXO :D

  • PabloHunny

    PabloHunny gave props (11 Jul 2008):

    i'm not sure why this makes me laff. perhaps it's because of your "walking up." great job for well excuting that effect.

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (12 Jul 2008):

    Very Escher!

  • Ray Kenn

    Ray Kenn gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    Excellent shot ! I had to look twice before I realized what was going on :-)

  • Nicolas Hoizey

    Nicolas Hoizey (Deleted) gave props (25 Jul 2008):

    Amazing! Great shot!

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (27 Jul 2008):

    M.C. ESCHER; Relativität, 1953
    Molt bona! my vote

  • weebzam

    weebzam said (3 Aug 2008):

    err...what's going on here?

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Well done this really does seem surreal.

  • pdtnc

    pdtnc said (9 Aug 2008):

    nicely done.... I think it took me about 30 seconds of looking to figure out what was going on and how it was done :) thanks for that :)

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    Yes, fantastic!

  • Robert Armstrong

    Robert Armstrong (Deleted) gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    Dude! Crazy shot! I love it!

  • Abbey Staum

    Abbey Staum gave props (28 Aug 2008):

    aah! Escher is my all-time favorite artist! this is amazing! awesome shot =D

  • Francis Tan

    Francis Tan gave props (3 Sep 2008):

    Thia is superbly done :-)

  • Craig Reynolds

    Craig Reynolds gave props (26 Sep 2008):


  • Irvin Kelly

    Irvin Kelly (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2008):

    This shot made me look twice. I love it.

  • Rafi

    Rafi gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    exclusive shot. love the perspective!

  • Benjamin Peacock

    Benjamin Peacock said (18 Nov 2008):

    Oh wow! Great artist, and a great picture! Well done my friend...well done.

  • Tessa Roche

    Tessa Roche said (25 Nov 2008):

    This is awesome! Thanks for the comment on my photo as well! I could stare at this photo for a long time...

  • Simon Normand

    Simon Normand (Deleted) said (27 Nov 2008):

    Nice view... wow!

  • Denman

    Denman (Deleted) said (26 Jan 2009):

    clever shot. well thought out and well captured. I think the staircases of Beirut often defy gravity. Even after Israel's illegal wars on the country and the city, after all the gun fire, they still hold up. Bit like the people, built to last. (BTW this image was taken my flat in Beirut)

  • StaceyJane

    StaceyJane gave props (12 Feb 2009):

    Awesome! 'Escher' was my very first thought when I saw this!

  • Nick Allen

    Nick Allen gave props (16 Apr 2009):

    awesome capture!

  • Paula Sibulo

    Paula Sibulo (Deleted) said (8 Jun 2009):

    wow! this is so cool! :D

  • F.W. Redelius

    F.W. Redelius gave props (9 Jun 2009):

    very cool shot..............well done

  • Kristen Bryant

    Kristen Bryant gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    this is trippy. i like it!

  • Eric M

    Eric M said (6 Aug 2009):

    Cool trick!

  • Luis Castro

    Luis Castro said (5 Nov 2009):

    i see how u did it... great idea!

  • Iraklis Lianos

    Iraklis Lianos gave props (13 Sep 2010):


  • Kimberly Tilley

    Kimberly Tilley gave props (18 Sep 2010):


  • Valentina Fontanella

    Valentina Fontanella gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    very clever Escher style

  • Daniel Schuldt

    Daniel Schuldt gave props (24 Sep 2010):

    wow great shot, looks perfectly normal at first look then you are like... "wait a minute"

  • Robert Newman

    Robert Newman (Deleted) said (25 Sep 2010):

    Yesss... very creative!

  • Danica Radman

    Danica Radman gave props (27 Sep 2010):

    wow voted

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Indeed, a photographic Escher. My vote.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    perfect entry! back to vote!!!

  • Alain Daoud

    Alain Daoud gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    beautiful picture!!!beautiful Beirut .great capture!!!.my vote

  • Sagi Shapira

    Sagi Shapira gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    brilliant idea! bravo!!!

  • marc ling

    marc ling gave props (9 Oct 2010):

    awesome ...

  • tvibt tifmlf

    tvibt tifmlf gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    indeed u'll give some goosebumps to Mr. Hawking :P ..absolutely brilliant concept and nice execution

  • tvibt tifmlf

    tvibt tifmlf said (10 Oct 2010):

    I believe you had some major distraction on the right of image since you cropped lil much and left uncropped on left lil much .. but again its indeed defying physics :)

  • Michel González Brun

    Michel González Brun said (11 Oct 2010):

    Actually all the cropping was done on the left in order to minimise the view from the window as it didn't work with the image, yet I wanted to keep a bit of the window.
    Thanks for the feedback everyone!!! I'm glad you like the photo! :)

  • Andy Kuljis

    Andy Kuljis gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    MC MGB :) yes

  • Lazarescu Costin

    Lazarescu Costin gave props (15 Oct 2010):

    Yup ! Clever !

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    vote yeah for M.C. Escher

  • Nina K

    Nina K gave props (17 Nov 2010):


  • Bernardo Villasenor

    Bernardo Villasenor gave props (19 Nov 2010):

    Awesome!! Definitely by vote.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (19 Nov 2010):

    totally cool!

  • Tim Knezevich

    Tim Knezevich said (22 Nov 2010):

    Cool shot. Gets my vote.

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda said (24 Nov 2010):

    Great!!!!! excellent composition!!
    My vote!!!!

  • Edwin Roseno

    Edwin Roseno said (7 Dec 2010):

    beautiful and smart!


    JOE FAILK gave props (4 Jan 2011):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Moe C

    Moe C gave props (9 Jan 2011):

    excellent! voted!

  • Pablo Barilari

    Pablo Barilari gave props (9 Jan 2011):


  • dp *

    dp * gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    Perfect !! Way RAD for sure.

  • Karla Rossi

    Karla Rossi gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    SO SO SO SO GOOD! reminds me of a Hitchcock film.

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (26 Aug 2011):

    Excellent point of view!..And very creative too!Well done!

  • Greg Lewis

    Greg Lewis gave props (25 Sep 2012):

    Absolutely fantastic image! Very creative thinking!

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