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Old Style Workmanship - 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 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.

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Equipment – Nikon D300 Sigma 10-20mm lens
Technique : HDR 5 Bracketted images,Photomatix 3.26, Capture NX

© Copyright 2010 Philip Johnson Photography, All Rights Reserved

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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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 6 years ago

    My continued fascination with this staircase

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCalmost 6 years ago

    thats one amazing persective Philip!
    awesome effects also.

  • thanks Wendy this staircase i have photographed at various angle it ends up a differnt look each time , the light filtering through the stained glass helps

    – Philip Johnson

  • and me hanging over the bannister brings out the vertigo lol

    – Philip Johnson

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 6 years ago

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellalmost 6 years ago

    It is an amazing picture, looks like one of those stairs in a game program.. but it’s real.

  • yes Mary they dont make them like they used to

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Philip!

  • thanks Tai good morning

    – Philip Johnson

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic image! It makes me dizzy just looking down that staircase…:)

  • lol sounds like me hanging over the railing

    – Philip Johnson

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    Nice HDR Philip …

  • thanks Tom , its a grand old building …well old for australian

    – Philip Johnson

  • Selina Tour
    Selina Touralmost 6 years ago

    Outstanding! Both styles are equally exceptional!

  • thank you Selinaits a great old building

    – Philip Johnson

  • odarkeone
    odarkeonealmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic photo Phillip intsant fav

  • thanks OD its a gem of the building

    – Philip Johnson

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, this is brilliant. Beautiful work, Phillip!

  • thank you Barbara its a great place to wander with a camera

    – Philip Johnson

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