Victorian Majesty- The Queen Victoria Building , Sydney Australia 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, 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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  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettover 3 years ago

    Wow. Instant favorite. The colors in this are amazing.
    I love how you framed the stairs just perfectly to lead our eyes up them.
    This has got to be one of my personal favorites of yours!

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Stunning shot Philip!

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture…..looks awesome !!

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesover 3 years ago

    Outstanding work!

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Just so great………….Splendorous………beauty in all..
    all goodness and happiness always Normajean.

  • James  Key
    James Keyover 3 years ago

    Perfect composition. Great colour rendition.

  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romerover 3 years ago

    this is brilliant

  • rosson1
    rosson1over 3 years ago

    Ha..My daughter just saw this too and asked if i shot it…I wished i said! Fantastic:))

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    Great colour and pov.

  • Paul Cons
    Paul Consover 3 years ago

    nice one here… you’re in my fave place to shoot…

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