Walking the Stairs at the Louvre with Escher

Pro tip – don’t hang off a railing at the Louvre Museum to get “the shot”, the gendarmes do not appreciate it.


Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check.

M. C. Escher

On one of my trips to Paris my wife and I spent the better part of the day at the Louvre Museum. We simply walked through the galleries and just took in the beauty of the building and the artworks. Yes, I grabbed a number of images from the displays, including Psyche and Cupid elsewhere in this show, but this image is by far my favorite from the visit.

This image was taken using a Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens, to get that wonderful curvature and perspective. Once I was done editing the image, and converted it to a black and white line drawing style, it screamed Escher to me, and hence the name.

Looking at it now, it makes me want to go and roll a beachball down the stairs, not sure why, but it does. Then again, those Gendarmes would probably be unamused. πŸ™‚

The gallery image is printed on 13×19 Polar Gloss Metallic paper and is $175 at the event.

This image has been sold – contact me if interested in a print


  • Title: Walking the Louvre Stairs with Escher
  • Taken: 18 July, 2015
  • Camera: NIKON D610
  • Focal length: 15mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/3.2
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

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