Stairway To Heaven - QVB, 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

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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Comments

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Awesome Philip. Love the colour and the detail in this amazing work. Don.

  • thanks Don, i think its a new paint job its a bit bright

    – Philip Johnson

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.about 5 years ago

    Really amazing work!

  • simoneb
    simonebabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful detail Philip.

  • RichardIsik
    RichardIsikabout 5 years ago

    Great work, Phil!

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 5 years ago

    What a fabulous pov, it looks like an abstract (if that’s the right word). Fantastic colours and fine details Philip. Great shot :o)

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 5 years ago

    wow! the colours are mesmerising

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 5 years ago

    great on emate..you should put these in here

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyabout 5 years ago

    Great series, on the building.

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    ♥ Fabulous image !!!!! :D♥

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...about 5 years ago

    Seeing it in Colour after looking at in Black and White is somewhat unfair to the B&W though much more Dazzling in Colour You have composed this in such a way that it presents as an illusionary image. You almost wish it had some mechanical movement like that of an elaborate time piece.
    Well done!!!

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