Monday, 10 May 2010

Sunday in my City - Chilling in autumnal warmth


The Paddington Reservoir Gardens are just up the hill from where I live. I meander through some higgledy-piggledy back streets, very narrow, very picturesque. As I plod up the street, I hear behind me the horn of an ocean liner as it progresses up the harbour to safe anchorage in Sydney Cove.


Bringing old industrial sites back into community use is an agreeable aspect of living in the inner city of Sydney. This park used to be part of the water supply of Sydney from about 1850 to about 1880. With neglect and the ravages of time, the site became unsave and was fenced off for many years. One of our top architectural firms used the remaining industrial fragments to entice the residents back into the space.

A coffee cart and mid-century jazz will do the rest.



A member of the Sunday in my City community.

22 comments:

Clytie said...

What an absolutely wonderful restoration! Your pictures are so beautiful - I love the shadows!

brattcat said...

He's rather scantily clad for a chilly autumn. The light and shadow in these images conveys such a sense of fall, of shorter days, and an open appreciation of waning sunlight.

Sean said...

These are really nice, the shadows are extremely evocative!

Sonya said...

I love your photography! just beautiful!

Piyush said...

Lovely shot, esp the first one. totally love it !

Lee Ann said...

What a lovely space, thanks for sharing xx

Rinkly Rimes said...

The weather was perfect yesterday, wasn't it? As for the scantily clad young man there were many people wearing less clothes at the beach! Even I only had a T shirt. As another writer says.....lovely shadows.

T. Becque said...

The lighting in all is fantastic! I especially appreciate the first image - wonderful lines!

Ann said...

Nice use of light. We really do work totally differently - which is good. See you Saturday, is the booking in your name?

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your pictures are so rich-- Love the shadows and deep colors. Thanks for sharing!
jj

Magpie said...

Beautiful shadows and light...

Joan Elizabeth said...

I agree it's nice to see old spaces restored for new uses. A pleasant place to chill out in the warm autumn sun ... twas warm when I was down there yesterday.

Katherine said...

These are beautiful pictures...the light is just perfect in all of them. I still have so much to learn about light. I love this restoration...old buildings have so much character! Love it!

brainella said...

Gorgeous shots. You have such a great eye.

diane said...

It is good that old sites are being made user friendly.Love the Autumn light that you have captured.

J Bar said...

It was a glorious Autumn weekend. Heaps of people were swimming at the beach.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Virginia said...

Please don't make me choose. I love each for something different, all for the light and composition. Wonderful images all Julie.
V

Mo said...

A great walk you have taken us on

Vicki said...

The chair in the sun looks so inviting.

TheChieftess said...

Lighting, composition, angle...you rock Julie!!!

Unknown Mami said...

It's beautiful. I love the arches.

Jules said...

Good photos. The first one is my favourite, I like the compostition.