Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Pismo Beach, CA

Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Stairway to Nowhere | Pismo Beach, CA

Why are abandoned places so mesmerizing?

Forgotten places, like this abandoned spiral staircase in Pismo Beach, have a way of capturing one’s imagination, making you wonder about those who had been there before you. I found out about this old spiral staircase to nowhere earlier this year. Now that I have my wide-angle lens I had to go back for a new perspective.

On this visit I drug my “little” brother (little is in quotes because is over 6 feet tall) with me. He’s worked in construction and happened to be a part of the crew who worked on the remodel of the restaurant on the cliffs above the stairs. Not long ago there was a catwalk between the restaurant and the stairway. Though it was blocked and likely marked as dangerous it was still (sort of) accessible. My brother went up and down those stairs, just because he could. He said it was terrifying and I’m so glad they didn’t collapse under him! He was probably one of the last ones to venture out there before the catwalk was demolished.

Pismo Beach’s Abandoned Spiral Staircase:

Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Stairway to Nowhere | Pismo Beach, CA

6-exposure HDR at f/7.1, ISO 100 – Processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix Pro, & OnOne Perfect Effects 9

 

Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Stairway to Nowhere | Pismo Beach, CA

15 seconds at f/11, ISO 100 – processed in Lightroom

 

Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Stairway to Nowhere | Pismo Beach, CA

10 seconds at f/11, ISO 100 – processed in Lightroom

 

Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Stairway to Nowhere | Pismo Beach, CA

5-exposure HDR at f/7.1, ISO 100 – processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix Pro, & OnOne Perfect Effects 9

 

Abandoned Spiral Staircase | Stairway to Nowhere | Pismo Beach, CA

2.5 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 100 – processed in Lightroom, Photoshop, & Tonality Pro

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4 Comments

  1. Ben on November 27, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Really impressive photos. How would I get permission to use one on my personal Facebook
    page? I would add the following text “Spiraling in constant circles, ever upward, going nowhere.”

    • Angela Andrieux on November 27, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Ben – Thanks for your interest in my photo! I can send you a web-ready copy that you can share on your personal account. All I ask is that you note in your caption that the photo is mine (i.e. Photo Credit: Angela Andrieux). Send me a message with your email address at https://angelaandrieux.com/contact/ and I’ll email you the photo.

  2. Josh R. on May 3, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    I Just emailed you about this picture

    • Angela Andrieux on May 10, 2024 at 11:06 am

      Hi Josh – I haven’t received any emails from the email address you used to post this comment. Can you please email me directly at Angela (at) angelaandriex (dot) com and I’ll be happy to answer any questions about my image(s).

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