This photo was taken last month when I visited the brewery with my friends Gillian and Bruce.
Corners are interesting. What will you see or find as you turn a corner? They pose mystery and intrigue. If it’s a corner you know well then maybe you are expecting to see the same old things. I spend a lot of my time alone and I guess I walk around in a world of my own. In fact a fortune teller once told me that I live inside my own head. How well did she pick me? I tend to miss things sometimes. However I have often looked up and seen someone I know or I noticed that something had changed from the last time I had passed that way. Familiar things come and go so it’s good to get some photos as a record of our time there. This reminds me of the song “We may never pass this way again.” by Seals and Crofts 1973. I visited some unfamiliar corners in New Zealand cities and I was indeed afraid I would never pass this way again so I took the photos below to record my time there. If I do go back I could find it all changed. I love to visit new places and make discoveries. I still look for new and exciting things beyond the next corner. I’m hoping these photos will compliment the beautiful photos of Hobart that Vanda has taken which are very familiar to her as she has spent a great deal of time in the city where I have been stuck here in Oatlands largely due to work commitments. Trips to Hobart are not always possible so I have not taken many photos there. There’s one for the bucket list!
I love photographing buildings and I’ve been taking pictures in the city of Hobart for 15 years now. We have a lot of interesting old buildings and I wanted to be sure to record them all before something happened to them so my corners are street corners. Buildings located on street corners are often an interesting shape too.
This building used to be Hobart’s first automatic telephone exchange. About ten or twelve years ago it was converted to an apartment hotel. It stands on the corner of Davey Street and Sandy Bay Road. I go past it on the bus every time I go home from Hobart.
Another interesting old building on the corner of Macquarie and Murray Streets is this one. Why do I take so many pictures on Murray Street? Well apart from the fact that there are some really cool buildings there I spend a lot of time there waiting for buses.
We are lucky in Hobart to have some great examples of art deco buildings. These next one belongs to Hobart City Council but was once the headquarters of the Hydro Electric Commission. The following one is used as government admin offices but there is a plan to turn it into a luxury hotel. I am particularly glad to have got a nice photo of it because the plan includes building a three storey addition on top of it that basically looks like a glass brick. I hate when they do that.
And finally a pub which claims to be the oldest pub in Australia built around 1807. Another hotel in Tasmania disputes this as the Hope and Anchor has not continuously operated as a pub for all that time.
Believe it of not but this is the Anglican Church in Oatlands from a previous post I did quite recently in fact. It looks so different in this photo. I played around with it on the computer and came up with this. The original photo is below.
Buildings are one of my favourite photographic subjects. I like the shapes, colours and styles of old buildings. I sometimes photograph new ones if I think they look striking but I love the old buildings most of all.
Here is a photograph that I have been playing with in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. It is the old catholic church at Ranelagh in the Huon Valley which has now been removed as they have built a larger new one. I am glad I have a picture of the old weatherboard church. I don’t suppose it was very nice in winter but it has character. I liked the photo because it was taken on a very stormy day. Here are two different versions of the picture. You can see the original here.
This week Cee asks us to show either entrances or doors. I have a few of each. First the entrance to Cockatoo Island which used to be a naval base on Sydeny Harbour. It’s now open to visitors and campers. Also in Sydney the entrance to Luna Park through Old King Cole’s mouth.
A rather grand entrance to Rupertswood a fine old house in Sunbury, Victoria now owned by Salesian College.
Here is the Hobart Fire Station with a couple of roller doors which are probably a lot newer than the building itself.
Just a door because I knew we had doors coming up in a challenge.
As I have often mentioned the built environment is a pet subject of mine. I am sure my family, friends and probably fellow bloggers get tired of my complaints about old, interesting buildings being replaced by ugly new ones, high-rise buildings being located in historic areas and new buildings that I consider just plain ugly. It’s true that I cringe when I hear the word “redevelopment” and that I would like to boil most developers and real estate agents in their own snake oil. Of course I don’t think all redevelopment or modern architecture is bad and I try to give credit when I see something good even though I think that parks and community spaces are usually a trade-off for more high-rise development.
I’ve posted a lot of photos of Port Adelaide on this blog in the past. David’s family has lived in or close to it for many years and David had a special fondness for it because of that. We often went there to look at the ships when it was a busy working port and later to visit the Sunday market in one of the old sheds. During that time the area became trendy and we were outraged to see apartments built right on the waterfront. On our last visit together we took a lot of photos of buildings we feared we would not see again.
Hart’s Mill was one of these places. It was up for redevelopment at that time and David and I were fearful that it would become more apartments for rich people. This is how it looked in 2012.
On my most recent visit my sisters-in-law, Libby and Louise, took me down to the Port for breakfast and we visited a new cafe near Hart’s Mill. I am happy to say that although apartments are still a creeping menace in the Port Adelaide area Hart’s Mill is looking pretty good. It has been developed as a community space and landscaped. Renew Port Adelaide is active in the area and the cafe we went to was one of these. It is over the water with a great view of the river.
Here is Hart’s Mill today.
I still think that Port Adelaide and indeed most of the older Adelaide suburbs are in danger of being turned into carbon copies of each other full of large, concrete, steel and glass buildings. I would far prefer to see old buildings repurposed than demolished as without them cities lose their character. One high-rise on the waterfront today can turn into a dozen in less time than you would believe possible. Smaller cities such as Adelaide and Hobart don’t need to try to copy larger ones. Part of their charm is that they are different. I hadn’t intended for this to be a ranting post though. It’s nice to see something that I can feel happy about once in a while.