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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Monday, May 2, 2016

Henty House - Brutalism in Launceston


 I love Henty House! It has served as one of my main inspirations over the years and I am always finding new perspectives and interpretations in which to make photographs of this iconic building.  The entire precinct in which Henty House stands, known as Civic Square is about to undergo major redevelopment.  This will be a major change and bring to an end of an era to the original fabric of the precinct since it was developed in the latter part of the 20th Century.  Check it out while you can!

Check out my ongoing project of Henty House on my website http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Henty-House/

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Mercury Building - Launceston



I captured this photograph of this small modernist gem in Launceston, Paterson street.  This image forms part of my documenting 20th Century Modernism, but also forms part of my ongoing project "Abandoned Launceston - Death of a City" - this project can be seen on my website here http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/All/Art/n-XXM7sd

I love how it's nestled in between 3 Victorian buildings and of course the wonderful banding of light reflections on the road. 

This is what I love in general about streetscapes, when they provide different periods and styles of design - it provides a rich visual story of the different periods of history. In this scene the architecture is some 100 years apart but they couldn't express their aspirations more different.  I often think about how common it is now for people who live in and visit Launceston to think of the Victorian period as "the" Launceston but before the late 1800s Launceston looked totally different in terms of architecture being a largely Georgian streetscape. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Jaffa House - Hobart


Hobart is an exciting place for me to explore 20th Century Modernism.  The last real boom of architecture and design was in the mid 20th Century.  Hobart being the capital of Tasmania has the larger number of commercial highrise buildings and residential flats.  Whilst major towns like Launceston, Burnie and Devonport have their share of larger 20th Century structures, Hobart can lay claim to the tallest buildings. 

Whilst in relation to mainland Australia the buildings were not built as tall, I nonethless find it very interesting to wander around and think about how before buildings such as Jaffa House (pictured) this building and ones like it changed the visual landscape of Hobart from a few levels to mini highrise.  It wasn't until around the late 1950s that the Melbourne CBD height limit was lifted from 11 levels, so back in the 1950s capital cities would have had a similar landscape of buildings in terms of height.

I love walking around the compact CBD and looking up at buildings like Jaffa House as they tell a story about Hobart and its evolution.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Glass Curtain Industry under a Storm - Hobart

I have to say this is one of my favourite industrial Modernist buildings in Tasmania.  There are several reasons why - the glass curtain wall, the way the concrete lips outwards over the footpath (so very 1950s/1960s) and whilst you cannot see it in the centre is an original neon sign adveritsing the business.  The entire building is all in original condition as it would have been when built, which is a joy to see and photograph as so many buildings from the period have either been demolished or altered.

The joy I find in photographing these buildings and showing them off in all their glory is the way weather plays a large role in providing mood.  I was walking around in what were very windy conditions and the storm clouds were rolling over fast.  This is one of the moments where it all came togather, moody clouds (which I always love) and a glimmer of sunlight hitting the facade of the building.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hobart LINC - State Library of Tasmania Mid 20th Century reflections


Gale force winds meant awesome weather for photography! Clouds play a large part in my photography when shooting architecture. I always marvel at this mid 20th century glass curtain wall design classic - its always reflecting clouds and sky, and it looks as new as the day it was built - Hobart LINC (State Library of Tasmania).

"Brutalism // The Empty Room"


This cool example of Brutalist architecture is a car park built in the early 1980s.  There are many interesting features of this design including natural skylights, staircases and off form concrete. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

The first Day of Winter - Holyman House Launceston


My first photograph of what is offically the first day of winter. The air is crisp, the light is golden, its a top of 10c and there is wonderful architecture to photograph!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Brisbane Mayor 2015 People's Choice Finalist


Exciting News: I am in the final pool for the People's Choice Awards for the Brisbane Lord Mayor's 2015 Photographic Awards for the image "The Tunell" some Brutalism period eye candy! Of the 421 entries 14 were selected for the People's Choice Awards. Vote here: http://www.lmpa.brisbane.qld.gov.au/tunell
Your support would be greatly apprecited!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concrete Cathedral // Hobart


Check out the entire "20th Century Tasmanian Modernism proejct photography proejct on my website at http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Index

Monday, March 16, 2015

Art Deco Tasmania - Streamline in the autumn


Wonderful crisp autumn weather for making photos of streamline Art Deco in Tasmania!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Where is this building in Tasmania?

What building in Tasmania is this wonderful detail from? Any guesses?


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Industrial Art Deco Launceston


1930s Industrial Tasmania. I love it when the elements come together to help create an image with impact - nice side lighting and some clouds and the blue sky contrasting against the red brick. It's one of the earlist examples of Art Deco architecture in the city. Check out other industrial architecture in Tasmania I've been documenting for my project "Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism" project http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Industrialtas/

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Staircase Project - Staircases /// Sculpture

I headed out to capture staircases for my project "Staircases" This one is from the 1970s - Totally love the curves going on, the timber texture - staircases are sculpture!  Check out the entire project in higher resolution on my website http://www.tryanphotos.com/Stairs/n-qB2fn/