Possibly my favourite building in the country, Australia’s Gallery of Modern Art. Although I do have a spot for the state gallery in Sydney,the Art Gallery of New South Wales mainly for it’s painting collection which I can spend all day admiring and have seen over 20 times I think. I used to work as an art conservator after I finished art school and the construction of GOMA was an exciting addition for everyone in the arts industry.
GOMA is situated on the banks of the Brisbane River and was built to showcase Australia’s ever increasing modern art collection. Just a hop skip and jump away is the Queensland Art Gallery, or QAG, which welcomed the extra space to display it’s art. The top level of GOMA is dedicated entirely to Art Conservation and has all the latest equipment used in the repairing of our national treasures.
There are lots of ways to capture the ‘epicness’ that is GOMA and many like to depict it from across the river which allows you to also get the modern designed Kilrulpa Bridge and get a nice reflection on the waters surface. I decided to get up close and personal during blue hour, just as the sky is changing from the colours of sunset to a deep black. This allowed me to get the lights of both the interior and the colourful exterior as well and all this was done on my ultra wide angle lens and my D800. Some photographers like to straighten up all the posts and building walls in their images but personally I think whats the point in having a wide angle lens if you are just going to make changes so that it comes out more like a 50mm shot stitched together ? Be proud of what it can do ! If you look at the posts within the structure you can see them all nicely pointing to a vantage point well up above the edge of the image and I really like that about the composition. Back at home I then did my PP on the image to enhance the use of metal and glass in the structure and various shadows in the scene whilst paying close attention to the small details whilst going. The purple lights near the BIG tree on the left created a beautiful shadow on the roof of the gallery which brings in the relationships of nature versus man made into the image. You can see on the right too some puffy wheat type grass and these have become really popular of late in landscaping in Brisbane. I think they look really cool myself and they make me want to run my hands through their soft textures.
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