#917. A Quick Shoot in Sydney University

By Dallas Thomas | Travel Photography

Oct 18

Universities are places of learning, I also think they are excellent to walk around with a camera.

 The architecture can vary so much from 1850’s sandstone to totally modern structures at Sydney University they do anyway.

For sometime, I have wanted to shoot the inside of the Charles Perkins Centre a relatively new building.

To me it’s photography heaven with its curves, lines, subtle shadows and patches of light, what do you think?

A question to finish, can Architectural Photography be Art?

Images were shot with 18, 25 & 85 Zeiss Milvus using Nikon Z7


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  • Sean says:

    Hi Dallas,
    These images of yours are remarkable. They speak volumes about your competencies in the art and craft of photography. You’ve certainly managed to get to the deeper levels that make part of the quintessential essence of various buildings that form part of Sydney University architecture. In turn, what has this exercise done for you, in terms of identifying & understanding lessons learnt, and progress made and secured?

  • pascaljappy says:

    > “can Architectural Photography be Art?”
    Oh, Dallas, I can’t leave that hanging there 🙂 If your photos don’t prove it can be, I think we can add that photographing someone else’s creative work can only work if we bring our own throught into the image making. Otherwise, it’s just documentary. These don’t feel purely documentary to me 🙂

  • JohnW says:

    Fabulous buildings. I’d love to get loose in them for a day, but it’s a 13 hour plane ride.

    “can Architectural Photography be Art?” – YES IT CAN! See here for an example:

    • Come on John its only 13 hours, our trips to Paris its close to 24 hours. I know distance is a pain from experience. Thanks for sharing the link, Sharon has some spectacular images and these inspire me to do more serious photography in this genre.

      • John W says:

        Oh … All Right!! My friend Bob is off to Kiwi Land tomorrow. I’ll see if he’s got space in his luggage. Just a quick hop from Aukland to Oz. Where shall we have coffee?

  • Frank says:

    Starting with the third image and continuing to the last, I believe these images are indeed art. They show the buildings in new and I expect unique ways. They attract and hold your attention as you repeatedly explore them. I find this especially true with images 7 and 8. Well done!

    • Frank your kind comments are great appreciated. I looked at your website and find your images beautiful captivating, your Winter Clouds Collection is a gem.

  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Architecture made a strange entry into my life, when I was a kid in bed with polio, being home schooled by a mother who had absolutely no idea whatsoever what to do with me. (She made up for that later – getting a Diploma of Education from the University and becoming Deputy Head-Mistress of our local school. But not when I was lying there staring out the window, wondering what to do).

    One of the things that I found absorbing became architecture. Loads of stuff in the house, that I could pore over – a cousin who was married to an architect – and by the end of my stay in that bed, I was actually sketching designs of my own, for the kind of house I thought I’d like.

    Like all first loves, it’s never gone away. So it’s always a pleasure to look at someone’s photos of interesting architecture like this, Dallas. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. The short answer to your question is “yes”. A longer one is “where’s the bicycle?” Woops – sorry – these shots are not in France! 🙂

    I suppose it’s a bit like chimping. With architecture, I feel a bit like a fashion photographer, taking a hundred shots to select the one I want to keep. Planning helps – there was one around the corner from my house, that I wanted – but I just missed the light, and had to wait 8 months before the sun returned to the right position, to cast the exact shadow I wanted to capture. And then I blazed away, taking my shots from all directions – only to find on the cutting floor that the one I least expected was the only one to make the final cut.

    To move from there to the building in most of your shots doesn’t even begin to translate. All I can say is that I’m glad you did it for us. 🙂

  • Nancee Rostad says:

    Wonderful abstracts, Dallas. I agree with everyone else that photographing architecture can be art – and definitely is art in your images. Well done!

  • Pascal O. says:

    Awesome, Dallas! Wish I was there!
    Thank you!

  • philberphoto says:

    Ah, Dallas! Is it art? Let me say, in the manner of Groucho Marx, that I enjoyed and admired each and every one of the images in this completely un-artistic set…:-)

    • Philippe many thanks for your kind comment. I will leave you to ponder this “Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east of west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know”.Groucho Marx

  • Kristian Wannebo says:

    > “To me it’s photography heaven…”

    Yes, Dallas,
    that’s obvious enough”
    ( And it would be to me too!)

    You’ve certainly “extracted” essentials beautifully!

    #6, 7 & 8 are perhaps my favourites, but I like them all.
    ( Although some of them make me think of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – but that’s just me.)

  • Pascal Ravach says:

    Hi Dallas,
    Back home, back to DS 🙂
    Great pics! Number 6 haunts me so much I use it as a wallpaper for a while 🙂
    And of course, zero question… if this is not Art, we may all change our hobby 😀

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