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The Seductive Stairwells of "Time Machine"

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Budapest has gotten a lot of press for its architecture, which runs from Venetian Gothic to Art Nouveau, to Bauhaus. Many styles are at work, contributing to the city's diverse feel: at once classic and modern. And there is no shortage of great photography on the topic, as the buildings are quite photogenic. But not many artists have stepped through the front door and documented the oftentimes striking interiors. Balint Alovits, a young Hungarian photographer, has done just that, and came away with what everyone can agree is a fascinating series of stairwells, which he entitled “Time Machine”. described the series as “an homage to perfect geometry, repetitive shapes and perspective forms.” puts a finer point on it: “the visual effect generated is achieved in all of them, no matter to which period of time they belong to. The works create a new dimension by splitting space and time while staying within the visual limits of the project’s concept. And although the images do talk about specific architectural movements, the spiral present in all of them continuously evokes the idea of infinity.”

Indeed, many of the photos could also be compared to a vivisection of a snail or sea shell. The funneling effect is hypnotic: it would be easy to imagine a scene from a Hitchcock film incorporating such perspective. It just goes to show that Budapest, as much as it has been shot and photographed, is still rife with undiscovered locations and unique perspectives.

Below is a selection from "Time Machine".

All photos used with permission. You can find more on Balint Alovits at his website here.

Flatpack Films is based in Budapest, Hungary. We are a film company that offers an inspiring and professional work atmosphere for our local and international clients. Since our inception, our focus has been providing the best of the best in terms of local production resources, locations, cast, and technical teams to ensure that whatever the production we facilitate, we do to highest standard possible.