I like the stairs, but don’t like the wall, so for me is #1.
As for compulsively shooting the same subject or several subjects, it comes from our unconscious memories, and is usually linked to comfort and security, and less to unsolved issues or conflicts. I also have several subjects like this.
And I also learned (from the writings of the regretted movie director Andrei Tarkovsky) that, if you want to produce emotion in viewers, shooting the objects or scenes that moves you more is the best way to do. Some will love your work, some other won’t, but those loving it will do it deeply. This is because they share similar unconscious memories with you, making your work to resonate profoundly in their souls.
Emotion in this case is only suggested, not directly pictured. There is also another stream, stating that emotions have to be intentionally searched or created in a scene, and than directly pictured or even emphasized, but I don’t resonate with this stream.