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.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please visit my website, Thomas Ryan Photography. You can also contact me via social media on facebook and g+ All photographs are copyright of Thomas Ryan. All rights reserved, unauthorised use is prohibited.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Follow the Modernist bricks to the clouds in the sky

 I never tire of looking upwards at buildings, they inspire and tell us so much about our social and built history.....happy easter everyone! Check out my facebook page as I have been photographing "abandoned" streetscapes over the Easter holidays incorporating Modernist buildings. www.facebook.com/tryanphotos

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Disused 1960s Church Photography Project

I've been busy working on some photo projects, one of which has been to document a disused 1960s church. This project from start to finish was amazing, being there felt as if I had walked into the 1960s and the doors had been shut for some 50 years.  Check out the project here, you can leave any comments over at my facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryanphotos or below.

Check out the entire project here > http://www.tryanphotos.com/Projects/Tasmania/Churchdisused/




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Art Deco Launceston

 This mid century designed Art Deco building replaced an 1800s building through modernisation of the facade and internal layout.  The building stands in the central Launceston business district which is home to several exmaples of Art Deco and Post War buildings worth checking out. I enjoy the formal lines of this facade and

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lucks Corner - Art Deco Launceston

Lucks Corner in Launceston is a great example of Art Deco streamline architecture, wrapping around the street corner beautifully.  There are many great features the closer you look including the tiles that make the facade, the original timber frame windows, and of course the typeface.  It's my fave part of the building, the typeface.








Saturday, March 15, 2014

Streamline Art Deco - Launceston

This wonderful streamline Art Deco building stands on a commercial corner street in Launceston.  It wasn't so long ago that this building was at risk of demolition, slated to be demolished.  This precinct where the building is located was a commercial/industrial area - this building stands as a reminder of this past.  I just love streamline buildings that wrap around corners and the original windows! How the glass windows wrap around the building is amazing.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Check me out on facbeook

Hey everyone, just to let you know that you might be interested in liking my Thomas Ryan facebook photography page as I often use it to showcase Modernist architecture projects I am working on and other related news.  Check my facebook page out at www.facebook.com/tryanphotos and "like" it to keep updated with my latest happenings.


St Helens Beach Home


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

1970s commercial building - Launceston


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

Burnie Paper Mill memory - Industrial Burnie


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

20th Century Staircase Project - Tasmania


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 city industrial heritage - Industrial Launceston


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

Zinc works factory - Industrial Hobart

 On the banks of the River Derwent in Hobart is the massive zinc works factory.  I captured this as wild weather was coming in over Mt Wellington (as it so often does) and soon after the sparodic sunshine left and the rain set in, just had enough time to capture the mood of this 20th Century giant.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Boags Brewery - Industrial Launceston


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

Former Ulverstone Art Deco Service Station


Over on the Central Coast in the township of Ulverstone is this solid red brick Art Deco service station. Love the staircase entrance and the white detailing at the top of the building.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Former Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital - Launceston


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.