Thomas Shanks & His Tank - Cockatoo Island - Sydney

Bryan Freeman

Sydney, Australia

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We went to Cockatoo Island in May 2010, mainly to see the art installations for the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

I wandered off to see what I could spy with my little eye and found something beginning with T!

The art works were amazing and so was the island in general, with lots of old buildings with paint flaking and peeling off, rusty old cranes with cracked and broken windows, views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the higer part of the island and tunnels to explore as well.

For those people who live in Sydney or plan to visit Sydney it’s a great place to visit, especially while the Biennale was on as there were free ferries to and from the island every half hour on weekends. Once the Biennale finished though you have to pay for a ferry to and from the island, but it’s well worth it.

Yes, the island gets the Bryan Freeman tick of approval! And that’s worth quite a pretty penny! ;-)

There are two (very expensive) cafes near the ferry wharf or you can take your own food with you.

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Canon Lens 15-85mm
Single RAW image converted to jpg then addled in PS with Topaz Adjust.

9 November 2010 Featured in Canon DSLR Group

10 November 2010 Featured in The Weekend Photographer

12 November 2010 Featured in Bubbler’s Weekly Challenge

18 January 2011 Featured in Canon Vs Nikon

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The following is taken from Wikipedia

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, Cockatoo Island is a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. It was also the site of one of Australia’s biggest shipyards during the twentieth century. The first of its two dry docks was built by convicts and was completed in 1857. The island’s maritime industrial activity ceased in 1992.

In late March 2005 the island was re-opened to the public for the ‘Cockatoo Island 2005 Festival’ Cockatoo Island Festival. The island is currently managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust which is currently revitalising the island as a landmark harbour attraction, with commercial maritime activity, cultural events and a campsite operating alongside interpretation of the island’s heritage. Today Cockatoo Island retains many remnants of its past. Its prison buildings have been nominated for World Heritage listing, along with other convict sites around Australia. Large workshops, slipways, wharves, residences and other buildings retain the texture of the island’s industrial past.

Always a Sydney landmark, Cockatoo Island commands magnificent views of Sydney Harbour. A campsite opened on the island in 2008, and campers can bring their own tents or take a camping package, which includes a pre-erected tent. The island’s views of the Harbour Bridge and harbour make it a popular spot for watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks, attracting over two thousand campers for its second New Year’s Eve event in 2009. Two heritage dockyard residences are now also available as holiday houses.

The island has become much more accessible since Sydney Ferries increased their services to Cockatoo Island. It is now a stop on the Woolwich/Balmain ferry route as well as the Parramatta RiverCat route. Day visitors are also welcome, and can picnic, barbecue, visit the cafe, wander at leisure or take an audio or guided tour. Cockatoo Island is open daily and there is no admission charge.

Regular events and art installations are a feature of the island.

In the intervening years since the 2005 Cockatoo Island Festival, the island has grown into a versatile venue on Sydney’s cultural calendar. It hosted the contemporary art exhibition the Biennale of Sydney in 2008, attracting over 80,000 visitors over 12 weeks, and is hosting the 2010 Biennale May 12th to August 1st 2010. Cockatoo Island also hosted the Sydney Festival’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties” music festival in January 2009. The 2 day festival included twenty-four bands over four stages across the island, and was curated and headlined by Nick Cave, attracting an audience of over 11,000. The island also hosted the World’s Funniest Island Comedy Festival in October 2009, with 200 comedy acts appearing over a weekend, attracting over 8,000 visitors. There are plans to repeat the comedy festival in 2010, and discussions are also continuing with Sydney Festival and other cultural bodies for future events.

The island is also increasingly used as a a venue for private events both large and small. Part of the blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine was filmed there in 2008.

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The links below will take you to various sets of my work:

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  4. Esfahan – Iran
  5. Shiraz – Iran
  6. Time Lapse
  7. Black & White
  8. High Dynamic Range – HDR
  9. Birds
  10. Sydney
  11. Luna Park – Sydney
  12. Long Flat – NSW
  13. Sofala
  14. Fireworks

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