About Thomas Ryan Photography

This major photographic project documents 20th Century Modernism throughout Tasmania. Join me, Thomas Ryan, on a photographic journey as I document Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism through the camera lens. Art Deco, Inter-war, Post War, Brutalism,are just some of the styles I document in this fascinating period in Tasmania's built history.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please visit my website, Thomas Ryan Photography. You can also contact me via social media on facebook and g+ All photographs are copyright of Thomas Ryan. All rights reserved, unauthorised use is prohibited.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tasmanian sculptor Stephen Walker passes away.



It was with sadness that I heard the news of the passing of Tasmanian artist Stephen Walker. His sculptural works which spanned decades are dotted all over Tasmania are a joy to behold. I have an interest in his works as many were created in the period that I am passionate about documenting, Tasmanian 20th Century design. His works within an urbanised landscape provide another perspective in which to interpet our built enivonrment. A large number of his work are cast in bronze, and a wonderful example of this medium can be seen in his "rainforest" (above) sculpture located in Civic Square, Launceston, designed in as part of the Civic Square development (the entier Civic Square site is a wonderful example of 1970-80s design asthetic). His creativity will live on through his many inspiring creations throughout Tasmania, and will continue to provide enjoyment to all those who view them now and in the future.




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mid Century Tasmanian Glass curtain wall architecture


I never tire of looknig up and photographing this commercial office block, I love the two seperate parts to the building, on different angles, several post war buildings I've photographed have been designed in this manner.  The vivid orange glass windows are hard to miss from whatever direction you look.  Works well in in a State thats bleak and cloudy for the good part of the year!

To view more commerical buildings in Tasmania I've photographed check out my website here 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Empress Towers - 1960s Hobart living

 Hobart has several tower blocks, with a good handful of them being residential complexes.  Whilst other Tasmanian cities and towns like Launcston and Burnie have their share of Modernist flats, it's in Hobart where you will find examples of tall tower blocks above above 3 levels.  The tallest building in Hobart is the Wrest Point casino but there are several commercial and residential blocks that hover around 10-12 levels, small in comparison to the mainland, but nonetheless highlight a Tasmanian story in the mid 20th Century.

Empress Towers (pictured) is located in Battery Point, and if you look into the history there were plans for a string of tower blocks dotted around the suburb that never eventuated.  At the other end of Battery Point where the suburb of Sandy Bay begins there are a few tower blocks dotted along the foreshore. These tower blocks give a visual history as to a plan that was never fully realised.

Contray to popular belief Battery Point has a wide mix of housing. Take a walk around and there is an amazing mix of 1800s, Federation, Art Deco and Post War architecture to be seen, an evolution of a suburb.  Empress Towers and other highrise blocks like it I find liberating in the sense that they open the opportunity for many to afford views of the vistas overlooking the river derwent or perhaps Mt Wellington to many people.  I always enjoy viewing Empress Towers as it ignites past ideas of housing, but has importance today with issues surrounding urban sprawl and the need for housing and being close to services.

View more residential homes in my new website by clicking here

Monday, June 2, 2014

Abandoned country town hall


This design is typical of many town halls throughout Australia and Tasmania. The front part of the building would date I imagine from the very early 1900s whilst the rear addition would be mid 20th century. This hall was part of a complex that included a Modernist church.  Check out other civic buildings and more in my 20th Century Tasmanian galleries on my website at http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Index

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Staircases from the 20th Century Project


Here is another preview from my project "Staircases from the 20th Century". I've walked up and down so many stairs over the years to photograph this overlooked part of our built history. I look foward to bringing you the project soon!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 Murray Street Government Offices - Hobart

 Here is a recent shot from a series of photographs I've been making of the 1960s Government offices in Hobart, 10 Murray Street.  You can check out my ongoing project of 10 Murray Street on my website here on my website http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/10m/

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finalist in "Australia's Top Emerging Photographers 2014"


I have some exciting news - I've been selected as one of the finalists for "Australia's Top Emerging Photographers 2014". My entry was for the Architecture category. Check out the latest May/June issue of Capture Magazine in newsagents and online through the ipad edition. The competition received over 4600 image submissions.  My folio included architecture from Tasmania to Far North Queensland.  Check out my porfolio I entered here http://www.tryanphotos.com/News/Tips/Australias-Top-Emerging-Photog/n-bLpmQ/

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

RACQ Building - Launceston

Really enjoy this building, still being used as it was originally designed for, RACQ Tasmania.  The original plan was for two levels.  Check out my relaunched website for more photographs, buildings are now categorised by type etc > http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Index


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Demolished 20th Century Tasmanian Architecture + New website

In the thousands of building's I've photographed for the Tasmanian 20th Century project, several have been demolished or altered beyond recognition.  This is one such building I photographed from the 1930s that is now only a memory.  Check out other demolished buildings and Tasmanian 20th Century Modernist architecure in my new revamped website at http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Index

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Follow the Modernist bricks to the clouds in the sky

 I never tire of looking upwards at buildings, they inspire and tell us so much about our social and built history.....happy easter everyone! Check out my facebook page as I have been photographing "abandoned" streetscapes over the Easter holidays incorporating Modernist buildings. www.facebook.com/tryanphotos

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Disused 1960s Church Photography Project

I've been busy working on some photo projects, one of which has been to document a disused 1960s church. This project from start to finish was amazing, being there felt as if I had walked into the 1960s and the doors had been shut for some 50 years.  Check out the project here, you can leave any comments over at my facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryanphotos or below.

Check out the entire project here > http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Churchdisused/




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Art Deco Launceston

 This mid century designed Art Deco building replaced an 1800s building through modernisation of the facade and internal layout.  The building stands in the central Launceston business district which is home to several exmaples of Art Deco and Post War buildings worth checking out. I enjoy the formal lines of this facade and

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lucks Corner - Art Deco Launceston

Lucks Corner in Launceston is a great example of Art Deco streamline architecture, wrapping around the street corner beautifully.  There are many great features the closer you look including the tiles that make the facade, the original timber frame windows, and of course the typeface.  It's my fave part of the building, the typeface.








Saturday, March 15, 2014

Streamline Art Deco - Launceston

This wonderful streamline Art Deco building stands on a commercial corner street in Launceston.  It wasn't so long ago that this building was at risk of demolition, slated to be demolished.  This precinct where the building is located was a commercial/industrial area - this building stands as a reminder of this past.  I just love streamline buildings that wrap around corners and the original windows! How the glass windows wrap around the building is amazing.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Check me out on facbeook

Hey everyone, just to let you know that you might be interested in liking my Thomas Ryan facebook photography page as I often use it to showcase Modernist architecture projects I am working on and other related news.  Check my facebook page out at www.facebook.com/tryanphotos and "like" it to keep updated with my latest happenings.