Monday, July 28, 2008

My Sydney Town

My dad in his "more mature years of life" has developed quite a passion for photography. This past weekend he and a bus load of budding photographers headed to our beautiful harbour foreshore on a field trip to play around with their expensive equipment and capture the best light and colours our stunning part of the earth has to offer. I'm completely clueless when it comes to Photography terminology however I was absolutely floored at the beauty my father captured in these images. The first lot of photos were taken at an area called The Rocks. The Rocks is the site of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788 and still remains today one of Sydney siders favourite historic spots for dining, shopping, arts and culture.
A beautiful cobblestone street and sandstone wall built by convicts from the original colony.
Under the harbour bridge. Awww LOVE that scrolly lamp post.
This photo was taken on the side of observatory hill overlooking Australia's famous white sails Opera House and one of Sydney's most prestigious and luxurious hotels - The Park Hyatt.
Construction began for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1926 and officially opened in 1932. The bridge was built by 1400 workers, 16 of whom were killed in accidents during construction. Before Paul Hogan (from the movie Crocodile Dundee) became famous, he worked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a painter.



The architect of Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon was a relatively unknown 38 year old Dane until January 29, 1957 when his entry, scheme number 218, was announced winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. With his vision the City of Sydney was to become an international city.
To read more about this extraordinary man and the facinating story of his magnificent creation click here!


Luna Park is Sydney's oldest and still most popular amusement park.

(All images courtesy of my dad)

I've lived here all my life and I never get tired at looking at this breathtaking view :)



14 comments:

Linda said...

Great photos. I've been to Sydney and loved it-been to The Rocks too. I wanted to go on top of the bridge but I thought it was too expensive and now I reqret that I didn't do it.

Sue said...

Fabulous photos Anna, your dad has captured some wonderful sights,yeh, I think we tend to take it for granted sometmes! We really do live in a beautiful place!
Sue

Millie said...

Bravo to your very talented Dad Anna! I come to Sydney a lot for work (from Adelaide) & always stay at Pier One in The Rocks, but I reckon I need to open my eyes a bit more! These photos have reminded me to play tourist more often & absorb all that amazing Sydney has to offer.
Millie ^_^

Shannon said...

I've always wanted to visit Australia, but haven't been able to go yet! I just made it to France for the first time, so maybe someday...

By the way, I've been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first comment- love it!

lily-g said...

It certainly is a great city, (except boo hoo...Sydney when its state of origin time ha!ha!)what a great photographer your Dad is amazing shots,my hubby lived at north Sydney Olympic pool for 20 years(now Aqua Restaurant)his father was a pool manager and believe it or not but my husband used to play on the Bridge and has climbed it countless times but free of course!much to his mum's horror..but he calls them the good old days.

Porchlight Interiors said...

Sydey is such a beautiful city and your Dad's amazing photos have really done it justice. Can't wait for my next vistit. Great post!

fleur-de-lys said...

Wow, these photos are gorgeous! I used to live in lovely Glebe and really miss the view of the Anzac Bridge...

Jane of JaneZworld said...

what great images---your dad is talented.
Can you tell me what kind fo camera he uses and does he use a tripod? Trying to make a camera decsion ...I love the cobblestone street,
he should frame them and sell them - fund his hobby.

Villa Anna said...

Thanks so much for the encouraging comments guys, I'll make sure my dad reads them.

Jane - I'll get back to you! :)

Shannon - Welcome!!! :)

A-M said...

Good on you Bruce.... fantastic photos! I am a Brisbanite and whenever we get the chance we fly to Sydney for a holiday... LOVE it! A-M xx

Oliveaux said...

Great photo's of Sydney. I never tire of looking at the harbour and always enjoy travelling to Sydney!!

Mélanie said...

wonderful city ! Thank you for sharing

pinkstilettos said...

Oh gorgeous photos! Oh How I wish I could take a vacation there oneday! Daisy~

katiecrackernuts said...

It's so good to look at home with an open mind and photographer, or tourist's eye. Great pics.