Thursday, December 7, 2017

T&G Hobart // Hobart Growing Up

As far as T&G Buildings around Australia go, Hobart has to be one of the best examples with its ratio so pleasing to the eye and to photograph too.  The building has recently been given a new lick of paint and upper floors have been converted into apartments.  I love the T&G buildings over Australia, each similar but taking on their own distinct flair.  It was sad to see the the Modernist T&G in Townsville demolished under a decade ago. When it was built archive photographs show it standing as one of the tallest buildings in Hobart. It must have been quite confronting to the passer by back in the day.  Isn't it funny how the "tall" buildings and the perception of what is tall change over the decades.  The last large building boom in Hobart occurred in the 1960s and 1970s that saw new buildings, both commercial and Government tower over the T&G.  If you take a walk around Hobart you can witness many in-tact examples of Modernist tower blocks.  There are several along Murray Street, including the doomed and soon to be demolished 10 Murray Street Government Offices, the heritage listed State library Brutalist Stack, and you cannot go past the AMP Tower opposite the mall, what a stunning design. Hobart has so many great examples of Modernist architecture, what are you waiting for, book a trip to Hobart and check them out!  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Power of Photography - Photographing Memory

In my decade long endevour in documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism I have witnessed a lot change in that time.  This is most evident this week where the landmark Modernist former Devonport Maternity Hospital will be demolished.  I visited and returned to the site many times over the years documenting the streamline architecture and as I pondered how many peoples lives were literally made in this building.  Standing abandoned for many years now I couldn't help but think how quickly a building can go from new cutting edge to decay, and ultimately, in the case of the Devonport Maternity Hospital, demolition. 

Photography for me is such a powerful medium.  I can capture a moment in time that has since been changed or lost forever, but the photograph provides a time portal in which to look back on our built environment, and in turn the people who worked in these buildings, and in the case of the Devonport Maternity Hospital, were born there.  Goodbye.

I will be remastering old photographs I've taken and be adding them to my website as well as on the Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism Instagram page over at

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Henty House // Just published in 716 Page book

Henty House // Just published in 716 Page book

Earlier in the year I was contacted for a request to submit my photographic work of Henty House Government Offices for a new publication: “SOS BRUTALISM: A Global Survey” The landmark Government Office building in Launceston is a design that I enjoy photographing and it's exciting and an honour to be involved in this publication - to know that Tasmania has been represented in this global survey and the work that I do documenting this period throughout Tasmania has been recognised. The 716 page hardback book has just been published and is available online. More information about the publication can be seen here:
“SOS BRUTALISM: A Global Survey”
“The first-ever global survey of brutalist architecture from the 1950s to the 1970s, based on research project carried out collaboratively by Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM and W├╝stenrot Foundation”
“SOS BRUTALISM: A Global Survey”
Edited by Oliver Elser, Philip Kurz, Peter Cachola Schmal, 1st edition, 2017
Hardback with paperback supplement
716 pages in total, 686 color and 411 b/w illustrations
22.5 x 27.5 cm
ISBN 978-3-03860-075-6
In cooperation with Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM and W├╝stenrot Foundation

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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.

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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