Old Style Workmanship  (Monochrome Version) - The Grand Staircase, Queen Victoria Building - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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Ming Myaskovsky Fine Art Award
for Excellence in Historical Preservation Photography
SoJie 5, July 2010

My tribute to MC Escher, thanks for all the feedback and support
Thanks for dropping in your viewings,comments and if i’m lucky FAVOURITES are greatly appreciated.

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 and 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.
© Copyright 2010 Philip Johnson Photography, All Rights Reserved

July 2010 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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,photomatix 3.2,capture nx

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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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  • Matt Emrich
    Matt Emrichabout 6 years ago

    Yes, I imagine if Escher had ever had a Nikon, he would’ve given up drawing to get images like yours!

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 6 years ago

    Amazing….yes, definitely Escher-esque. Love it.
    Reminds me of a twisting staircase that you might see in a children’s movie or in a storybook. It’s really magical and delightful the way you’ve captured it and presented it, Philip.

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 6 years ago

    Yep – very mind bending / Escherish!!! Well done.

  • a belated thanks Rosalie this one has been popular

    – Philip Johnson

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomabout 6 years ago

    beautiful capture well done

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago


  • Rebecca Bryson
    Rebecca Brysonabout 6 years ago

    This looks really really good in black and white it give the shot a lot of depth vs the color one awesome!

  • Jenifer
    Jeniferabout 6 years ago

    This is soooooo Awesome!

  • blamo
    blamoabout 6 years ago

    Reminded me of Escher also ………….. supurb b/w tones

  • naomi55
    naomi55about 6 years ago

    Love it

  • naomi55
    naomi55about 6 years ago

    very cool

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