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For The Term Of Their Natural Life - Port Arthur Historic Site - The HDR Experience by Philip Johnson

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If ever a place could be haunted this would be the place, now a historic site this site was a place of suffering and isolation ‘

Port Arthur was a prison, or convict settlement, from the…from 1830 through to 1877. It started off as a small logging camp, but in 1833 was expanded to become a full penitentiary. The main penitentiary is the building in the foreground, which was built later on. At its height, Port Arthur had about 1,600 convicts here, so it was a very large place. The convicts themselves – all men – actually described Port Arthur as being hell on earth. “They broke men’s spirits,” that’s their quote. I would say, simply, they drove a lot of men mad. Very unpleasant place.

The site was self sufficient and could provide most items the prison needed.

Easily the most imposing ruin on the site, the Penitentiary began its life in 1843 as a flour mill and granary. In 1857 it was converted into a penitentiary capable of housing over 480 convicts in both dormitory-style accommodation and separate apartments. Also containing a messroom, library and Catholic chapel, the penitentiary was flanked by the Watchmens’ Quarters, as well as a range of workshops and an ablutions complex. Gutted in the 1897 fires, the building lay derelict until a concerted conservation program began in the 1960s.

Technique: 5 exposures, Tonemapped in Photomatix
Equipment: Nikon D70, Nikon 18-200mm lens

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

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Philip!! :)

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    First image I’ve seen of the structure holding the walls up (I suppose). Love this.
    Hey, I think I saw something that moved, out of that right window, after I stared at this work for a few minutes. Hmmm, haunted, maybe so!

  • PSL1
    PSL1over 5 years ago

    Outstanding HDR image Philip. As always you have captured all aspects of the scene and composed it into magic.
    Great work. – Peter

  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romerover 5 years ago

    great Image Phillip. There is a film coming out called Van Deimens Land about the convicts that escaped. Should be interesting.

  • yes i dont think they got far

    – Philip Johnson

  • Melanie Roberts
    Melanie Robertsover 5 years ago

    Great HDR – Did you feel sad and repressed when you were there – I certainly did.

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 5 years ago

    excellent

  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romerover 5 years ago

    nope Phillip they ate each other.

  • Tamara  Kenneally
    Tamara Kenneallyover 5 years ago

    Great hdr Phillip. Love port arthur!

  • Davies
    Daviesover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture and treatment Phillip.

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