The Story Bridge in Blue & Purple

Last week was the 75th Anniversary of the Story Bridge here in Brisbane. The bridge was lit up for the celebrations and the multi-coloured sequence came on every 30 minutes and lasted for 5 minutes each time. It was difficult to capture the scrolling lights so I hung around for an hour and a half on a cold windy night trying to capture it. That gave me three attempts and unfortunately I wasn’t successful in capturing it because of the scrolling/moving lights. In the end I frantically flicked it over to auto and managed to capture it in the very last photo I took before it stopped again. Disappointing but the ones without the scrolling lights turned out pretty good. After all this is one of my favourite subjects.

The Story Bridge in Blue & Purple

The Story Bridge

This is one that I took last year and since I’ve become a big fan of black and white’s, I thought I would reedit it 🙂

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My submission to this week’s Monochrome Madness feature on Leanne Cole Photography’sBlog.

 

The Story Bridge

The Walter Taylor Bridge

The Walter Taylor Bridge (in the foreground) is unique among Brisbane bridges in that the two towers of the bridge house residential accommodation, which were occupied until mid 2010 when the last members of the original tollmaster’s family moved out.  The bridge was conceived, designed, built and funded by local visionary Walter Taylor, who lived nearby. It was opened in 1936 and operated as a toll bridge until the 1960s.  The bridge is a suspension bridge and the support cables were actually surplus support cables used to hold up the incomplete halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during its construction. When the bridge opened it had the longest span of any suspension bridge in Australia. The site has four bridges side by side – the Walter Taylor Bridge (vehicle), the Indooroopilly Rail Bridge (rail), the Albert Bridge (rail) and the Jack Pesch Bridge (pedestrian/cycle).

WT Bridge 1

WT Bridge 4

WT Bridge 2

WT Bridge 3
Pylons belonging to The Albert Bridge
The Walter Taylor Bridge

The Treasury Building

The red building you see is The Treasury building which once housed public offices. It was was erected in three stages between 1886 and 1928. Since 1995, the refurbished building has housed the Conrad Treasury Casino, contrasting the once political orientation of the building to one full of entertainment. Like The Story Bridge, it is fitted with changing coloured LED lighting.

The Treasury

The Treasury Building