Stepping Up - The Grand Staircase - Queen VIctoria Building - 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 Dome* of Sydney’s 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. You can see the vinyage circular staircase which gives access to the dome.

The dominant feature is the huge Centre Dome, consisting of an interior glass dome and a copper-sheathed exterior, topped by a domed cupola. Many smaller domes in a range of sizes dot the roofline, most notably a pair overtopping each end of the rectangular building

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.

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

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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 Australia

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2012

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  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 6 years ago

    Wow, what a architecture

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 6 years ago

    Hey Philip, someone in the QVB is going to think you’re a stalker if you keep spending so much time in there – lol! Love this series :)

  • lol , i was expecting a security guard to tap me on the shoulder, but there were lots of tourists doing the same thing , the contractors are doing a great job on the new painjob

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful series Philip, you have found some great angles …

  • thanks Tom ive gone grand staircase mad lol

    – Philip Johnson

  • odarkeone
    odarkeoneabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic Phillp & instant fav

  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskiabout 6 years ago

    Well this one is going directly into my favorites. That wonderful orange just drew me in. The whole composition and glow of everything is so beautiful.

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 6 years ago

    leading up to my bedroom…what a thought…hhhha!!

    wish I had steps like that ..closest I come is the 3 wooden steps that are rotting on my back porch ..hha! great photo!!!

  • Ashley Justiniano
    Ashley Justinianoabout 6 years ago

    wow !!!

  • Makeba Kedem-DuBose
    Makeba Kedem-D...about 6 years ago

    Stunning! peace…

  • Rob  Weaver
    Rob Weaverabout 6 years ago

    These are simply fabulous. The colour is so rich.

  • patti haskins
    patti haskinsabout 6 years ago

    I have been busy but I have wanted comment, the combination
    of the color .iron work fabulous. Imagine civilization has gone from
    a stick ladder wraped with twine to this . (My computer cut off
    half this image and I like it as well with just one side of the delicate iron railiig
    for another perspective)

  • thanks Patti its a gtreat building , i went there again and this area is covered in scaffolding as part of their restoration plan

    – Philip Johnson

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