Winged Door - Cockatoo Island

Jeff Catford

Sydney, Australia

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Winged Door – Cockatoo Island

There are several layers of history here ranging back to the sandstone days of Colonial Sydney’s convict beginnings. The fading paint and crumbling plaster layers are from more recent times but still well back into the early years of last century.

Not immediately obvious, but very interesting, is the wall, beyond the door beyond. It looks to be made from planks of wood, but it is, in fact, a wall of crudely formed concrete. An artifact that reminds us that Cockatoo Island played an important role for the allied navies during WWII. This concrete wall is part of the the defence against potential Japanese bombing raids.

I also have a sense of another history here. I’m sure it’s just me, but I have a feeling, a sense of something much more ancient. I’m reminded of the ruins at Knossos – Crete. Coincidentally, in the room that this door opens into, there is a wall that evokes the same memories and feeling for me…. but… as I said… it’s probably just me…

© Copyright – 2009 Jeff Catford

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Kit:
Nikon D200 – Sigma 10~20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Manfroto tripod
Nikon MC-36 Remote
Exposure:
20mm
f14 x 7 exposures – 1/4sec ~ 14sec
Post Processing:
Photomatix – PSE 7 – Topaz Adjust and a concurrent phone conversation
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