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About Thomas Ryan Photography
This major photographic project documents 20th Century Modernism throughout Tasmania. Join me, Thomas Ryan, on a photographic journey as I document Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism through the camera lens. Art Deco, Inter-war, Post War, Brutalism,are just some of the styles I document in this fascinating period in Tasmania's built history.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014
I love mid 20th century beach homes, their often modest in size, built in interesting materials and are a joy to still be able to see in coastal towns throughout Tasmania. This particlar design in the east coast township of St Helens uses vertical overlapping timber boards and has its original windows intact.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This 1970s commercial office building stands dominant in Launceston CBD, I really like the symmetry of the windows mixed with the use of small tiles under each window, and finished off in white paintwork.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
It strange to document a location in the knowledge that the buildings I photograph that have stood for decades will disappear like they never had existed. When I documented the Burnie Paper Mill it was months before it would close down for good. There were many industrial 20th Century buildings that made the Burnie Paper mill, but now many have been demolished, including this building. The lone interior stood with a feeling of emptiness as I photographed this section, this space along with many others is now only a memory, having been demolished. To view my photographic project on the former Burnie Paper mill site check out my websit here http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Former-Burnie-Paper-Mill
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I love stairs, especially 20th century staircases. Over the years I have travelled wide and far in search of mid 20th century staircases in a photographic project documenting these structures we use to walk up and down, and sometimes just take the time to gaze upwards at these marvels of design. I am in the process of sorting through my vast collection and bring them to you in a project aptly named "20th Century Staircases"
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Launceston has several insdustrial buildings from the mid 20th century period, including this wonderful design. These buildings make me think of the recent past and how the face of industry in Australia has and is changing at a rapid pace. The entire street is lined with mid century industrial buildings, of which I will be posting and sharing in future posts.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Boags Brewery in Launceston, Tasmania is has a wonderful diversity of 20th Century Modernist structures in what is a vast complex that takes up an entire block. This section dates around circa 1960s with its aliminum windows allowing the passer by to gain glimpses of the brew being made within.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
This was the former 1960s maternity hospital in Launceston before maternity services were moved to the main Launceston General Hospital in the late 1990s. With many of the buildings I photograph I scout for interesting vantage points to capture the building from as different perspectives as this can provide different interpretations and give the building context to its surrounding enivonment. The building in the foreground was the first Modernist building on site in the art deco style, then some 30 years later the 1960s building was built, with another large building to the rear for nurse accomodation. I always find it amazing how quickly a use for a building can come and go, especially with the 1960s building having only been used for its original use for some 30 years.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Today's post is of the streamline Art Deco Hotel Mowbray in Launceston. The light playes a large part in effecticly portraying architecture and the deep shadows mixed with soft light on the hotel help to emphasise the curves. I reckon streamline buildings work so well on a street corner where they can seamlessly wrap around it.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The wodnerful Gothic Art Deco "Duncan House" in Launceston CBD is one of the earliest Art Deco buildings in Launceston having been designed in the early 1930s.
Over the past couple of weeks scaffolding was being erected on the facade and side of the building; with the original steel frame windows being removed. Features like original windows and doors really make a period building and these were being replaced with modern aliminum windows. I was going to at least salvage some of the original windows if there were going to be thrown out so I went and asked one of the builders about them. But good news, I was informed that all the original windows are being temporarly removed so that they can be repainted and the rust removed.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Check this streamline beauty out in Launceston! Great curves and wonderful fence too, interesting that this home is called "marjoy", it shares the same name as another popular streamline art deco building in Campbell Town, check that home out here
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Boags Brewery site in Launceston makes the well known beer - "Boags". The complex is vast and takes up an entire block with a myriad of different architecture styles from all periods from the 1800s to the present day. This section is amazing, some Brutalist architecture as the centrepiece, flanked by Victorian buildings. The finsih is pure brutalism with stone aggregate in repeating columns.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Last year I posted a blog on the 1960s designed Devonport Police Station. At the time of taking the photograph a new police station was being built to replace this one. I remember then wondering if it would be reused or demolished. In October of 2013 the entire complex was demolished. Where the station stood is now turf, and to the rear is empty - used for more car parking.
I've noticed that over the period I've been documenting this period how many buildings have been demolished. In future posts I plan to bring more posts that highlight wonderful Modernist designs and buildings that have been lost in Tasmania as well as possibly creating a gallery on my website dedicated to buildings that are no longer with us.