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When visiting the Opus Gallery In Newcastle to view April Jarocka’s work for real, I was also impressed with the inside of the building. It was built in 1886 and the internal decor is almost unspoiled from the original. It is just the odd fire alarm cable can be seen that is modern. So I asked if I could take some photographs of the architecture and permission did not seem to be a problem.

However, after taking a couple of photographs I was informed by the building manager that photography inside the building was not permitted and I was ejected, politely but ejected nonetheless, from the building. It’s a hard life being a photographer! However, I will attempt to gain permission from the building manager in due course.

This is a photograph of the stair case just in from the main entrance, It’s a teaser of the building’s inner treasures.

This photograph was taken before being ejected from the building.

The lighting was a mixture of daylight, tungsten light, and energy saving fluorescent lights – nightmare scenario. Colour balance achieved using custom colour balance and my trusty envelope!

Canon 450D
Canon 18-55mm lens
2 seconds f/11 ISO-100

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architecture, indoors, newcastle, milburn building, victorian, uk, north of england, fine art, harry purves

Inspired by my dad in visual arts and music from a very early age. He mentored me in photography, film processing and printing when I was 7 or 8 years old. He wouldn’t teach me to play guitar though so I had to teach myself, and played bass in a group while I was at University for pocket money. I took early retirement in 2009 and rekindled my passion for photography. My art is eclectic. I’ll photograph anything and everything. The world is full of images just waiting to be captured.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 3 years ago

    A wonderful capture Harry.
    The tiles are amazing and to think they have lasted all that time, modern tiling only seems to last a few years, where have we gone wrong eh? Brilliant. Don.

  • The inside is wonderful, but I didn’t manage to get to the wood work and the mosaic floors. It’s an absolute treasure, but unattainable at the moment.

    Thanks for your comment Don, I appreciate it, but look out for No. 2!

    – Harry Purves

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 3 years ago

    It’s a horrible feeling when we are not allowed to take simple photographs. I remember being hassled by security guards at the Thames Barrier, but after explaining why I was there, they obliged, reluctantly.

  • I find a refusal is often their first reply, until you explain what you would do to obtain the images and what you would use them for. Then they often see there is no security issue and agree. But I thought I had already done that, it turns out I asked the wrong people! Sometime they ask for prints, I generally give them a lot of options to chose from and that normally causes a tilt followed by, that’s Ok just take you pictures.

    – Harry Purves

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplaralmost 3 years ago

    This is an awesome picture Harry. I love the Art Deco styling. It is beautiful!

  • It is a stunning building Chris, I think it is difficult to get a poor image in there, but it is also difficult to get any images in there if you go in with a DSRL camera Kit and tripod, like I did. I always like to use available light. I don’t own a separate flash so it would have to be the one mounted on the camera that produces the worst lighting possible.
    Thanks Chris, I really do appreciate your comments!

    – Harry Purves

  • BLYTHART
    BLYTHARTalmost 3 years ago

    I didn’t see the stairs. I used the lift. I pressed F and the door opened. Turns out the ground floor is F and the top floor is A. I took a few photos at the very top.

  • I was mesmerised by the building so I didn’t see the lift !!! :)

    – Harry Purves

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 3 years ago

    Hi Harry
    This brings back memories as I used to run up these stairs, 2 flights- I never used the lift- to keep fit, when I worked there for a few years in the 1990s. Great photos considering the lighting.
    I believe they were shipping offices originally.
    Cheers Neil

  • Hi Neil, yes you’re right they were shipping offices originally. How times change. Your comment makes me curious what you did in the 90’s in Milburn Building, but I’ll not ask ;o)

    The light level is not the real problem, because it can be overcome by using a tripod and a very slow shutter speed. The biggest problem is the colour temperature because it is a mix of several different light source types. It’s a night mare trying to get the picture to “look right”.

    Thanks for commenting, it was very stimulating for me, and it was also a great comment Neil.

    – Harry Purves

  • April Jarocka
    April Jarockaalmost 3 years ago

    When I first entered the doors of this magnificent building I was most taken aback by the Victorian Tiles and feel ~ not at all expecting such an entrance way at all. Lovely photos.

  • The building just added to the ambiance of the gallery. I loved the art deco (it’s my absolute fave style, but obviously I’m too young to have seen it first hand). The tiles and the wood work and the mosaic floor – all magnificent. Thanks for commenting April.

    – Harry Purves

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 3 years ago

    Hi Harry
    I was the office manager for the Corps of Commissionaires. We had our 100th anniversary in that building and a dinner in the Civic Centre.
    Cheers Neil

  • That is astounding, and all this time I didn’t even know it existed. I don’t suppose you can put me in touch with someone who would support my desire to photograph the internal décor? Still I’ve been refused before and I don’t suppose this would be the last time either. I previously requested to photograph the school building opposite the Fox Hunter’s pub. Obviously there was the issue of school children, but I asked if I could do that over the summer break – still no. So that building will remain anonymous no doubt.

    – Harry Purves

  • BLYTHART
    BLYTHARTalmost 3 years ago

    Next time, wear a big anorak and hide your camera equipment under it. Go to floor A (the top). There is a Gents loo there to hide in if you hear the Building Manager approaching. Either that or try slumming it with a little pocket camera ☺

    I had a similar experience recently when I took a photo of an ornament in Alnwick Castle. I was actually ordered to delete the photo (I only pretended to though).

  • Oooh you naughty boy.

    – Harry Purves

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 3 years ago

    Hi Harry
    The company I worked for is no longer there and it was in the 90s so I don’t think the same caretaker will be there now. I never even thought about photoing the the inside the building when I worked there. Try on a Saturday !!
    Cheers neil

  • Sounds like a good idea. I’ll have a go at getting permission first though. I’m not keen on getting kicked out again, it may be more legal a second time. I can offer to supply some prints as a sweetener.
    Cheers,
    Harry

    – Harry Purves

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