Standard Shipping for delivery by Dec 24 has ended. Most products available with Express Shipping.

Vertigo - QVB Building  (Monochrome)- The HDR Experience  by Philip Johnson


Available to buy on…

Vertigo - QVB Building (Monochrome)- The HDR Experience by 


38 Favurites , 2082 Views of 28/12/12

Thanks for dropping in your viewings,comments and if i’m lucky 34 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.

For More Information :

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

See Also

Off The Rails:

On The Rails:


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

View Full Profile


  • Vivek Bakshi
    Vivek Bakshiabout 5 years ago

    Amazingly Beautiful Shot… Lovely

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Philip. Great shapes and patterns, lovely tones and processing and fantastic angle :)

  • aaeiinnn
    aaeiinnnabout 5 years ago

    as ever all of the above and as we said when kids- with knobs on. some black and white pics are the best and this is one

  • Steve Silverman
    Steve Silvermanabout 5 years ago

    Great work Philip!

  • Jigsawman
    Jigsawmanabout 5 years ago

    This is awesome… great title

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Super mono Philip …

  • Claire Elford
    Claire Elfordabout 5 years ago

    wow how do you do this hdr? amazing!

  • Moorey
    Mooreyabout 5 years ago

    Nicely done, and with no people. Nice after hours shot

  • Therese M Smith
    Therese M Smithabout 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous. Excellent work! :)

  • kemal91
    kemal91about 5 years ago

    Superb shot

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.