Wednesday 7 October 2015

St Mary's Cathedral - From a distance

Photography can be deceptive, I suspect you might agree. It is all in the framing.

This first image was taken from the viaduct that separates The Domain from Wooloomooloo. Not sure why the viaduct is there: it does not carry water, it does not carry cars. It allows pedestrians to cross from Cook+Phillip Park over to The Domain, and hence to the AG-NSW. It is excessively ugly when included.

As you can see from this second image showing the viaduct obliterating the beauty of St Mary's Cathedral. This was taken from the intersection of Riley Street and Sir John Young Crescent, the head of Wooloomooloo Bay, prior to it being retained by a wall, and extensively retained, in the 1860s.

This third image was taken having crossed the viaduct and on my way across the grassy expanse of The Domain sports fields. I looked back, judiciously framed my shot, removing all ugly, and just showing a magnificent contrast of old vs new. The new is the building in which my daughter currently works; on the 22nd floor.

Below is a paining by Geoge Lambert in 1849. It shows the ridge upon which St Mary's Cathedral is now located. Actually, the original St Mary's is in the painting, but the new building was swung around to be north-south. The church with the spire is St James.


Jim said...

These are interesting views.

Joan Elizabeth said...

It's been a while since I popped in. As always enjoying your posts, you find so many nooks in the city that I have never noticed. The final image here is quite a shock isn't it when you try to compare.

William Kendall said...

Quite a contrast in architecture. The cathedral itself is a beauty.

Cloudia said...

What a master post!



Joe said...

It still manages to make its presence known even among the skyscrapers Julie.

diane b said...

It sure makes a difference where you stand to make a good shot. It must be hard to find the right spot sometimes with the clutter of buildings in a big city.