Tuesday, September 9, 2014

J.J.Talbot.. an architect's view..



It seems beyond ironic to me that the memorial, unveiled in 1940, to Sir Joseph John Talbot (excellent biography link), architect and distinguished soldier stands here looking over the chaos construction that is Elizabeth Quay! A leading architect of the time Talbot designed some of Perth's heritage buildings like the Weld Club below, already dwarfed by skyscrapers behind and soon.. well maybe not that soon :) in front also.. what would Talbot make of it all. It's more than likely that as an architect he would be more excited than I.


The expression on the General's face below looks perplexed, as if he's thinking 'what the'! Oh hang on, that could have been me :)


Below we're looking up Barrack St. towards the city, on the right side the fabulous Moreton Bay Fig trees that survived the massacre. Tomorrow I'll show you what lies safely tucked away behind them..


... and here on the left.. well we'll have to wait and see how that turns out! Have you noticed my rants about EQ are getting a little pitiful lately :) sometimes it's better not to waste energy on things you can't change oui! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.

25 comments:

  1. the roots of that fig tree are amazing.

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  2. Imagine explaining modern buildings to him using w*nky architectural speak.

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  3. The fig tree roots are amazing! I see that I''m not alone thinking that. :-)

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  4. I like that fourth shot with him surrrounded by plant life.

    Your opinion of the Quay matches mine of what's become of Lansdowne Park.

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  5. I go back and forth. Sometimes I think that ranting is just a waste of energy and we should take deep breaths and not worry about things we can't change. And other times the idiocy of something will get to me and I will huff and puff and rant because it feels good to express my disgust, regardless of whether anything will change.

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  6. You go girl, rant & rave all you like!!! As long as you keep taking amazing photos we don't mind at all.

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  7. Your great opening shot, and the story you've made of it, are awesome. Very persuasive too.

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3

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  8. First off, absolutely gorgeous photography. Secondly, thank you for the little lesson. I had no idea!

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  9. Thank you for the update Grace. I wonder what it will look like when it is all finished. I'm so glad that Moreton Bay Fig is defying the concrete creep.

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  10. Expanding is everywhere it seems and not always necessary in our opinion. But who are we?

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  11. How cities change before our eyes... then and now.

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  12. I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one who has zero tolerance for idiocy!

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  13. I so agree with you about more and more and more construction...they're constantly changing things here in the Tampa Bay area...I was somewhat delighted when the housing market crashed here...the high rise builders were put on indefinite hold...but now that the housing market is recovering the high rises are rising again...yuck! Don and I knew folks that had moved here after they retired to live cheaply in their little trailers and then BAM their trailer park would be condemned so a high rise could be built. Money talks ya know...who cares if a veteran is forced out on the street. So you just go ahead and rant all you want to!!

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  14. The constant construction is running rampant here in Oregon as well and it drives me nuts, so needless to say, I also do agree with you! So rant on, my friend!! Terrific captures for the day as always! Hope your week is going well -- in spite of the idiocy!!

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  15. There is a lot of construction going on there .I hope for your sake it all turns out okay.

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  16. That is quite a contrast. I also have never seen fig trees that big!

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  17. How amazing to live in a place where figs grow!

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  18. Yes, Grace, useless to waste energy on stuff you cannot change - I sadly can relate since today so much.
    Well. On the other side... Perth always finds great ways to combine old and new architecture. So... maybe the result will be good?

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  19. Really nice photos Grace! I agree with everyone else about that fig tree. It is amazing!
    I like some development, but I'm always worried (and rightly so), that they care more about their project than protecting history. I'm sure they aren't all that way, but a lot of them sure are.

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  20. The 2nd photo is amazing with its great contrasts and reflections!

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