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The Grand Staircase - QVB - 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, Nikon 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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    This is going to be another Escher-like shot in B&W, I can feel it in my bones! Gorgeous tones and excellent composition.

  • well there is a ebony and ivory relative waiting in the wings lol

    – Philip Johnson

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    How did I guess that might be!!

  • StarKatz
    StarKatzover 5 years ago

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 5 years ago

    just stunning mate! the colour! your treatment is fantastic Philip!

  • Simmone
    Simmoneover 5 years ago

    Incredible shot! I love the treatment!

  • Roseann
    Roseannover 5 years ago

    Wow! I just love the colors.

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Super HDR Philip …

  • thanks Tom , i have an addiction to this staircase lol

    – Philip Johnson

  • odarkeone
    odarkeoneover 5 years ago


  • Sue Martin
    Sue Martinover 5 years ago

    Ooooo I was there a few weeks ago… stunning shot xx

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 5 years ago

    Stunning work Philip! So love the colours! :o)

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