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 www.facebook.com/tas20c/ 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....

Friday, February 10, 2017

Jaffa // Hobart


Latest edit of the landmark glass curtain wall design in Hobart for my ongoing project documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism. 1000+ and growing. Head over to my website www.tryanphotos.comand view the entire project under "art projects"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hobart Gold // 1973


Another fresh edit from my Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism project. This time I explore the 1970s Modernist design by prominent Architect Sir Roy Grounds. His designs fascinate me, especially the Shine Dome in Canberra, the NGV in Melbourne and the Wrest Point Casino in Hobart. It stands as the tallest building in Hobart and as you go along Sandy Bay Road or get glimpses of the concrete tower from different vantage points of hilly Hobart it stands as a monument to the period. Wrest Point Casino, designed in 1973, just over 40 years ago. To this day it remains the tallest building in Hobart.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Great Pyramid - Flats in Tasmania


When you think of Tasmania and homes, flat dwellings are probably not the first thing that come to you mind.  But towns and cities around Tasmania have quite a number of residential blocks ranging from 3-4 levels, with Hobart containing the tallest structures.  Hobart has a wide variety of flats from Art Deco, Mid Century and the latter part of the 20th Century, as is this example circa late 1970s/early 80s.

Such buildings remind us of our past, but are relevant in today's context with issues of supporting population growth, and urban sprawl and livability.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Play the 20th Century Modernist Detective

PH40/1/3169 Tasmanian Archives Heritage Office Collection

Recently I was contacted by the Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office (TAHO) regarding the identification of a photograph that they have and where the location may be. It was great to be contacted by TAHO as my experience and knowledge of Tasmanian architecture and design, especially from the 20th Century has grown as I continue to undertake the project of documenting the period.

As soon as I saw the photograph I knew where it was.  The photograph had a note on it saying "Prospect?" as the location, a suburb of Launceston.  The building is indeed located in Launceston, but in the suburb of St Leonard's.  It is now Mount Esk Southern Cross Care, having been originally designed in the 1950s.

What interests me as a photographer is how photographs, through the passage of time, can be "lost" in time. This photograph was probably only taken around 60 years ago.  Yet, back in the 1950s this area of Launceston was rural, it is only in recent times that suburbia has crept up on the once rural farmland.

One of reasons I make photographs and love photography is that they provide a visual marker to show how places change over time. I have photographs from buildings, streets and sites in Tasmania that I've been documenting that have changed dramatically over such a short period of time, that to look at places today where buildings once stood, one would hardly recognise the same view.  And this isn't even 50 years ago, in some cases just a few years ago.

TAHO holds a massive wealth of photographs from Tasmania's built environment, the "everyday" moments of our past are captured in an image forever.  Viewing photographic archives help me to gain a sense of history, and know how a place/building has changed over time and how it fits in with the present and in doing so helps me find a sense of place.

I guess the email request got me thinking a lot about my own archives and how the need to have a robust system of cataloguing is so very important!

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 www.tryanphotos.com 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 www.tryanphotos.com 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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