“Infinite” spiralling staircases in Budapest captured by Balint Alovits

Balint Alovits’ photography series Time Machine features architectural staircases in Bauhaus and art deco-style buildings in Budapest, Hungary.

Hungarian photographer Balint Alovits searched the city of Budapest for staircases to include in his abstract series of twisting images.

Time Machine by Balint Alovits

“The inspiration came from my addiction to architecture and abstract forms,” explained Alovits to Dezeen. “I’ve always been fascinated by modern architecture, and also loved the geometrical shapes of art deco and Bauhaus buildings.”

Alovits plays with the common representation of time as a never-ending spiral and for this reason named the collection Time Machine.

Time Machine by Balint Alovits

“My main intention with this series was to show how form and depth can visualise and reveal infinity in an enclosed space,” he said.

“I used these staircases built in the 1930s and 1940s to represent my idea. They look like they are creating portals on the space-time continuum.”

Time Machine by Balint Alovits

It took the photographer over a month of walking around the city to discover the locations, all of which are in Budapest, Hungary.

Most of the reconnaissance was done on foot by Alovits himself, as well as through research he conducted in various local libraries.

Time Machine by Balint Alovits

Nearly all the spiral staircases in the series were photographed from both above and below, providing a double set of images – the colourful upperside and the plainer underside.

“The photographs show the spiral staircases from the same central perspective,” said Alovits. “With the pulling energy of these spiral forms, the works of Time Machine create a new dimension by splitting space and time, while the perception of the architectural details evokes the idea of infinity.”

Time Machine by Balint Alovits

Alovits is currently studying contemporary photography, its practices and philosophies at Central Saint Martins in London.

He graduated with a BA in photography from Budapest Metropolitan University in 2014. His initial work is highly influenced by modernist architecture.

Also shot from a central and aerial viewpoint, photographer Stephan Zirwes‘ drone photographs of public swimming pools aim to make people appreciate the value of free swimming facilities. The Pools series features an assortment of different public pools from Germany, Iceland and Italy.

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