Over The Rails  (Colour)- QVB Building , Sydney - 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 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.

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

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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

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  • David Murphy
    David Murphyalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome work, Phillip…….never looked so good!!

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, your work is outstanding !

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous!! And what a fantastic building!!

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitaualmost 5 years ago

    Wow, amazing!! The colors are breathtaking!

  • Saikat Babin Biswas
    Saikat Babin B...almost 5 years ago

    Wow! Looks so much like a 3D art!!

  • voltaireview
    voltaireviewalmost 5 years ago

    Inspiring what time did you take this?

  • i believe it was late morning before the lunch rush

    – Philip Johnson

  • richman
    richmanalmost 5 years ago

    looks like i could step right into the frame
    lovely work philip

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenalmost 5 years ago

    Wow amazing Philip so much colour and pattern so well captured!

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Philip..

  • Virginia Shutters
    Virginia Shuttersalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! I… I don’t know what else to say.

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