Colonial Style  - Gladesville Asylum  (Hospital) - The HDR Series by Philip Johnson

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On a visit to Sydney in June 1867 Manning was invited by Henry Parkes to become medical superintendent of the Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum. Before accepting, Manning went overseas and studied methods of patient care and administration of asylums; on his return to Sydney he submitted a notable report. He was appointed to Tarban Creek on 15 October 1868 and immediately reported on the isolation of patients from their relations in accommodation best described as ‘prison-like and gloomy’, the inadequate facilities for their gainful employment and recreation and the monotonous diets deficient in both quantity and quality. In January 1869 the asylum’s name was changed to the Hospital for the Insane, Gladesville, wherein patients were to receive treatment rather than be confined in a ‘cemetery for diseased intellects’. By 1879 radical changes in patient care and accommodation had been made. Gladesville was extended and modernized and an asylum for imbeciles set up in Newcastle and a temporary asylum at Cooma. Manning minimized the use of restraint and provided for patient activities.

The shot is the result of 5 bracketted images , equipment used Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens. The exposures processed using Photomatix with a light cleanup using Capture NX.

I believe the HDR process is great when used with stone , in this case the Sydney Sandstone is enhanced

Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Babbler
    Babbleralmost 6 years ago

    beautiful photo

  • great building its great they have preserved it

    – Philip Johnson

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...almost 6 years ago

    Wonderful building. Good work Philip

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 6 years ago

    Great looking building and well presented also thanks for the interesting story to go with it.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    You have some great HDRs from this location Philip, nice one …

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Great work Philip – I remember you sitting on the wall looking at this building and eyeing up the best angle – very well presented and I love the treatment.

  • THanks Bev I think I saw you somewhere up in the trees

    – Philip Johnson

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Not swinging from one I hope!

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent looks very manicured.

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. You have presented this beautifully. Your work is stunning.

  • Ulrikeart
    Ulrikeartalmost 6 years ago
    wonderful work !
  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 4 years ago

    Please enter this in our group

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