Whether looking up, down or straight ahead diminishing perspective has been used in photography since nearly the first capture. It creates a beautiful point of view and was the appeal I wanted as I hung over the stair rail to capture this image at the famous Hotel Majestic in downtown Saigon. The elegance and scale of this wonderful place was what I wanted to remember and this stairwell was a perfect place to capture it.

As the base of operations for the UPI and AP during the American occupation in the 60’s and 70’s the Majestic was filled with photographers and journalists. I have read several accounts that during the fall of Saigon, as the North was entering the city, journalists streamed down this very staircase desperately hoping to catch the last plane out of the country as they filed their final stories from their rooms.
Two different types of perspectives in one picture.