Design THECITIES Place this pic on P.10,Replace this pic with SPD149963 - p.9 CANBERRA the CAPITAL city 12 SYDNEY the HARBOUR city 38 BRISBANE the RIVER city 68 DARWIN the TROPICAL city 94 PERTH the WILDFLOWER city 114 ADELAIDE the FESTIVAL city 136 HOBART the MOUNTAIN city 164 MELBOURNE the BAY city 188
CITYSCAPES AUSTRALIA I am often asked how I feel about photographing Australian cities. “After all, you’re a nature photographer”, is the usual comment. I will admit that when I first started pointing my camera at the urban world, I did so begrudgingly. It was back in the mid 1980s and, at the time, my incentive was mostly commercial — but it is certainly not today! Nowadays, I regard my time wandering the streets of Australia’s cities as a joyous experience. After all, the urban environment is still about nature; it is prime habitat for the most influential species on the planet! All of the colours, shapes, textures and patterns that we create are little more than replicas inspired by the natural world around us. Strolling the streets with a camera is a very different way of looking at a city then simply living there, or dashing from A to B. I have to get to know the city — to sit on a bench and ponder, to people-watch or to scan the high-rises for reflections, shifting shadows and sparkles of light dancing on glass surfaces. I have to feel the ambience when a stormy sky breaks, allowing golden shafts of light to illuminate the walls of a tall office tower — the simple joys of a newborn urban creation. One thing is certain, cities are also about change. Public art suddenly appears where once there was none. Bridges are constructed, allowing access to an unfamiliar angle. Festivals and events spring up like coloured gypsy caravans, showcasing everything from wildflowers to music, art, comedy and history. And the seasons robe the city, piling rusty red leaves on the pavement, or crowning 11 parks and gardens with fresh, new buds. So I never grow tired of revisiting Australian cityscapes time and time again. It allows me to test my eye for new detail and reminds me that I am also constantly changing my perception of the world I inhabit — the dynamic, urban world of cityscapes.Left: The sun sets over the SwanRiver and Perth’s CBD. Above, top tobottom: Scenes of Sydney Tower — withflag flying proudly; obscured in mist;touched by twilight at the end of day. Paddington, Brisbane
CANBERRASYDNEY theCAPITALcity theHARBOURcity With its generous green vistas, contemporary elegance and bold, monumental style, Canberra — purpose- built to act as Australia’s federal capital — has defied expectations of contrived political functionality and grown into a cultural, educational and sporting centre of unique character. Set amid farmland and native forest at the base of Black Mountain in the Australian Capital Territory, it is somewhat deserving of its affectionate title: “the bush capital”. Canberra’s distinctive layout was the vision of Chicago architect Walter Burley Griffin, who won an international design competition staged in 1911. Griffin’s design incorporated broad avenues radiating outward from Capital Hill to spacious, hexagonally arranged suburbs, all framed by the surrounding picturesque ranges. The artificial lake at Canberra’s centre, formed by the damming of the Molonglo River in 1963, is named in the architect’s honour. The Federal Parliament first sat in Canberra — the name is fittingly derived from a local Indigenous word for “meeting place” — in 1927. Today, parliament buildings both old and new align along an axis with the Australian War Memorial and Mount Ainslie in the south. 13 The capital is home to many of the nation’s most important public institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National University, the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport. It is also a city where the natural and rural surrounds are never far from view, a fitting quality for a capital that represents all Australians no matter their location, gender, religion or race. Left: Looking over the domed roof of the Australian War Memorial, down Anzac Parade to the Parliament Houses. Pages 14–15: Canberra city, seen from Mount Ainslie.
Opposite, clockwise from top: View Set amid imposing ranges and sprawling native forests,to the east from Canberra NaturePark, past Telstra Tower to Lake Burley Canberra is a city artfully designed to serve its people.Griffin; a canine resident; enjoying a From the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, shady, tree-linedday out at a music festival. This page,clockwise from top left: Entertainment boulevards lead to leafy suburbs. The city centre mergesincludes: street musicians; shopping; the original 1920s architecture with ultra-modern shoppingAustralian Dinosaur Museum; walking plazas, pedestrian malls, government offices, museumspaths; Regatta Point; sailing on LakeBurley Griffin; the Australian National and centres of learning.Botanic Gardens. 17
Prepress please use file from Canberra Calendar 07 (without fence etc) - GillPrepress remove spots - Gill 19 Opposite: Sculptures outside the Canberra is not only the nation’s seat of government, it Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce: The Acrobats, by John Robinson, was is also a living centre for science, art, history, sport and installed in 1970; The Basketballer, by justice. Gracing the capital are the High Court of Australia, Dominique Sutton, was commissioned for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. the National Gallery of Australia, the National Science This page, top to bottom: Questacon, and Technology Centre, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Science and Technology the Australian Institute of Sport. These distinctive structures Centre on Lake Burley Griffin; the High Court of Australia. reflect a century of innovative urban design.