Friday, September 15, 2017

Tasmanian Modernism Project // Brutalist Abstraction

One of my latest edits from my many thousands of photographs from my catalouge for my ongoing project. Have you ever taken the time to look up at the architecture around our lovely towns and cities.  It's amazing doing so, as you find views of places you might not have noticed before or see them in a totally new perspective.

Have you followed my Instagram page dedicated to my over decade long project documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism? I will keep posting my thoughts and photographs onto this blog and the facebook page, but I am very active over on my Instagram account, posting my latest edits there - Follow my Instagram page here

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tasmanian Brutalist Architecture - Beauty in Concrete

As I travel around Tasmania photographing Modernism, an architectural period that features strongly throughout the built landscape is Brutalism. There are a wonderful number of Brutalist buildings in Tasmania with a broad range of uses, and like all periods of design there are many in-tact examples throughout Tasmania.  I love the use of concrete here and the way it splays on angles and the blue panels amongst the concrete mass.  Just beautiful!   The clarity and simplicity of repeating lines and angles is refreshing and its wonderful to see the original raw concrete panels still visible.  As Brutalism has fallen out of fashion some buildings get painted over.  Check out my website for my ongoing project photographing Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism and follow the project on Instagram

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Concrete Tower Heritage Listed in Hobart

The Wrest Point Casino in Hobart designed by Sir Roy Grounds has been provided heritage listing by the Tasmanian Heritage Council.  Opened in the 1973 the building has fine curves and stands on the River Derwent as a bold a creative design in concrete.   It remains the tallest building in Hobart. Great to see a Tasmanian Modernist design listed on the register.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Brutal Tasmania // Your Concrete State

This building has to be one of the best examples of Brutalism in Tasmania, pure it its form and as concrete as you get...Tasmania, your Concrete State

Monday, July 31, 2017

My Friends, Deco & Brutal

These 2 landmark buildings are design objects of real beauty. As you walk towards the Hobart waterfront you are greeted by these solid designs of grandeur.  In the foreground is the former Hydro Electric Commission building, now used by the Hobart City Council.  The building to the rear is the current Hydro offices designed in the Brutalist aesthetic, the sharp concrete angles are also a real joy to look up at an photograph.  Much like the 10 Murray Street Government offices, the Brutalist Hydro building stands tall and to the side of the Art Deco building, allowing breathing space and a view of both that is grand, allowing a story of both periods to prevail. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Deco in Detail

This is one of my favourite small Modernist buildings to look up at and photograph.  The motif transforms an otherwise small building into an interesting design that makes you look up.  The original steel frame windows with their sharp angles and the vertical fins on either side are symmetry in motion! Since I captured this image the original windows have been replaced and the building has been painted another colour.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tasman Bridge // Bridgewater Jerry

Today we check out the bold & austere Tasmanian Bridge mid winter style with the Bridgewater Jerry fog rolling by under the backdrop of Mt Wellington. Driving over the Tasman Bridge or seeing it from its underbelly, it really is an impressive feat of engineering, and a massive chunk of Modernist concrete.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Journey into Tasmanian Modernism

One of my most recent edits of Holyman House from my ever growing back catalouge of photographs.

I've been reflecting on my journey that has been documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism and how it has taken my on a wonderful adventure with camera in hand to so many wonderful places throughout Tasmania as well as Interstate and overseas finding inspiration from this fascinating period of built history in Tasmania.

Photography making, finding history about the places I photograph, interviews for media, heritage photography projects for organisations as well as contributions of my photography and written research for books and magazines. Then there was the popular photography presentation in Launceston where I shared my stories and photographs of Tasmanian Modernism, it was standing room only that day, it was humbling to see the interest in this period.

I’ve lost count of the days that I have spent in libraries going through archives in search for content to inspire and inform the photographs I take of Tasmanian Modernism. 

Whilst posts haven’t been as prolific of late, I have been out and about in Tasmania and Interstate working on a variety of projects relating to Architecture & Design.  Some of these projects are massive bodies of work that have been ongoing and one day I look forward to sharing them with you.

Over a decade of capturing Tasmanian architecture and design some things stay the same and a lot has changed.  One of my aims in my photography is to create an image database of high visual quality and aesthetic so that there is a record of buildings for posterity.  Through the years I have witnessed many buildings that hace been demolished or altered beyond state of recognition. Sometimes I find out after I have photographed a building that it’s since been demolished, and other times I visit places that are doomed for the wrecking ball in order to capture the soul of the design before they are lost forever.  It's at times an emotional, but in the new, powerful journey that must be done.

Thank you to everyone who has followed me and interacted with me on this journey on blogger, and I want to continue the journey and share with you my experiences of capturing the beauty of Tasmania’s diverse range of 20th Century Architecture.  

I also run this page on various social media platforms now.  There is the facebook page which you can find here At present I have mainly being using the Facebook page to link the stories that I post to Blogger, as well as other stories relating to architecture and design relating to Modernism in Tasmania and stories further afield that people might find interesting. I have just created an Instagram page that has just gone live at @tasmanianmodernism

I would also love to remaster some of my photographs and reshare them.  I love processing images I’ve taken, and since the passing of time I have learnt new techniques and skills in my post production workflow and ways of seeing the buildings that I reckon can bring out higher quality from my archives. I've also got a massive catalouge of images that have yet to be published online.

So thanks again, thought I would do a bit of an update to let you know how things are going and to say thank you for your interactions! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mid Century Living - Grow Up Hobart

There was a time in Hobart's history that witnessed a highrise apartment living boom.  This was most evident in the inner city suburbs of Sandy Bay and Battery Point, as well as social Government Housing in New Town.  Residential tower since the 1960s have been far and few between, but perhaps with issues surrounding housing affordability and urban sprawl its a case of looking back so we can look into the future of Hobart....

About the project

Join me (Thomas Ryan Photography) on a photographic project documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism from the 1930's to the 1980's. The entire project gallery of 1000+ images and counting can be viewed on my website under art projects. I have been undertaking this project for over a decade.

My portfolio of commercial and art projects can be seen on my website and I can be contacted here as well. All photographs are copyright of Thomas Ryan Photography. Unauthorised use is prohibited. Contact me for all enquires

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