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"The Grand Staircase" - The Queen Victoria Building, Sydney - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson
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The Queen Victoria Building is currently undergoing a facelift at $37.5
million , one of the features is upgrading the paintwork to victorian period colours.

This image shows "The Grand Staircase* of Sydneys Grand Queen Victoria Building, and is an example of how grand old buildings can be restored ans still be used as money making concerns, in this case a grand shopping experience

The Queen Victoria Building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession. The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and a wide variety of tradespeople, such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers and florists, were accommodated.

The QVB fills an entire city block bound by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, consisting of an inner glass dome and an exterior copper- sheathed dome. Glorious stained glass windows and splendid
architecture endure throughout the building and an original 19th century staircase sits alongside the dome. Every detail has been faithfully restored, including arches, pillars, balustrades and the intricate tiled floors thus maintaining the integrity of the building.
The visual message of Sydney’s coat of arms, on the cartwheel stained glass window, is that the beehive depicts business, the sailing ship – trade, and the dolphins – the harbour. Panel 1, on the left hand side, represents the Council of the City of Sydney, and symbols of architecture, while the letters I.G.B. on panel 3, on the right, represent Ipoh Gardens Berhad, the Malaysian company who restored the QVB.

The symbols are of property developers – the builders. The bottom central panel represents the heraldic symbol of a finished building and the joining of two hands denotes the fusing of two cultures. There are many interesting and charming exhibitions and attractions throughout the building, along with portraits of the Queen. There is also a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to the Citizens of Sydney to be opened and read by the Lord Mayor of Sydney in the year 2085. Outside the QVB, on Town Hall Place, facing The Town Hall are the Royal Wishing Well and Queen Victoria’s statue.

For More Information : http://www.ipoh.com.au/IPOH/QVB/me.get?site.sec...

Equipment – Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens
Technique : HDR 5 Bracketted images

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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Comments

  • Jamaboop
    Jamaboopalmost 6 years ago

    Oh my word what a sight to see!!! I can’t believe how much there is to take in and view!! Amazing job!!!

  • Thank You Jama

    – Philip Johnson

  • Sandy Woolard
    Sandy Woolardalmost 6 years ago

    WOW….This is an awesome angle and POV!!! Great work!!!!!!!!

  • Sandy thank you

    – Philip Johnson

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning – from your narrative, to wit “This image shows “The Grand Staircase* of Sydneys Grand Queen Victoria Building, and is an example of how grand old buildings can be restored ans still be used as money making concerns, in this case a grand shopping experience”, I’m reminded of the Musee D’ Orsay in Paris, it’s evolution from a train station into one of the premiere art galleries in the world. And you’ve captured the stunning architectural beauty so perfectly. Brilliant Philip.

  • thank you Kevin thats some comment , its a great building

    – Philip Johnson

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! Great perspective!

  • thank you Vadim

    – Philip Johnson

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful POV!!

  • thank you its a great building with many opportunities

    – Philip Johnson

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomalmost 6 years ago

    lovely caputre Phil

  • thanks Kaz its a great building as you know

    – Philip Johnson

  • ej29
    ej29almost 6 years ago

    What a wonderful capture….the color and lighting is wonderful!!!

  • thank you its a great building with many opportunities

    – Philip Johnson

  • Joel Hall
    Joel Hallalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome shot! I love…well everything about it! lol

  • Thanks Joel

    thank you its a great building with many opportunities

    – Philip Johnson

  • Terri Chandler
    Terri Chandleralmost 6 years ago

    Wow! What a stunning photo and the history in your description was very interesting indeed.
    Well done! xo

  • thank you its a great building with many opportunities

    – Philip Johnson

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 6 years ago

    So beautiful, excellent lighting and perspective.

  • thank you its a great building with many opportunities

    – Philip Johnson

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