The Jewel

I’m not a big fan of the Gold Coast’s never ending development and these new building’s are no exception. The Jewel, comprising 3 towers, tower over surrounding buildings making them appear minute in comparison while blocking out sunshine and beach views. I found them to be an intrusive phallic structure that can’t be ignored and constantly in your face so to speak but that’s progress in a popular tourist town I guess. I must admit that the architecture is quite impressive and it is sure be another Australian landmark.

Stretched across 130m of absolute beach frontage, the site sits over 2.8 acres and includes luxury residential apartments, an internationally rated 5-star hotel including a Michelin Star restaurant and a grand ballroom. The Jewel is due for completion in mid 2020.

The Jewel

World Cancer Day

 

Sunday, 4th February was World Cancer Day and Brisbane joined other major cities across the globe to paint the world orange and blue and what a wonderful display it was. My photo, shot for ICON Group, made the header and top of the page of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the Landmark Lighting Report.  What an honour! Other submissions included the Empire State Building; Niagara Falls; Petra, Jordan; Italy; Switzerland and many more.

There were other photographers about as people occupied picnic tables and blankets at Wilson’s Outlook; a magnificent spot to enjoy dinner with a view. A black curtain languished behind the city buildings and I thought we’d get a downpour but the clouds eventually lifted, and once again the Story Bridge shone brightly sending a positive message to the world.

It was a fun shoot and an absolute privilege to be a part of this great worldwide event. Visit the UICC page and see all the World Cancer Day photos here

World Cancer Day

Nepalese Pagoda

The Nepalese Pagoda is one of South Bank’s most treasured attractions. Originally brought to Brisbane as the Kingdom of Nepal’s contribution to World Expo 88, the three-story high Pagoda is now located in the heart of the Parklands. It features 80 tonnes of hand-carved Nepalese timber and took more than 160 Nepalese families two years to build. It is also one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal. [Source]

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Nepalese Pagoda

Voyuer

I spent the weekend at Surfer’s Paradise on The Gold Coast (about an hour’s drive from Brisbane) and this was my view from the 19th floor. I really enjoyed practising my night photography 🙂

“I really knew when I started photographing I wanted it to be a way of knowing different cultures, not just in other countries but in this country, too, and I knew I wanted to be a voyeur.”

~ Mary Ellen Mark

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Kurilpa Bridge

So I have a thing for bridges and night photography and I’m sure most of you have noticed this by now. I just can’t seem to help myself 🙂 This is a shot of Kurilpa Bridge, a pedestrian/cycle bridge which opened in 2009. It is the world’s largest hybrid tensegrity bridge. The bridge is lit with a sophisticated LED lighting system which can be programmed to produce an array of different lighting effects (ok I have a thing for LED lighting too). The lights are solar powered which I think is pretty cool. The other bridge in the distance is The William Jolly Bridge which was opened in 1932. Quite a contrast in structure.

Kurilpa Bridge

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Kurilpa Bridge