Melbourne, Photography

Now for the Ins

Today’s post is going to be done in two parts.  First of all I wanted to show some more images from Montsalvat.  I have shown you the outs, and some of the ins, but more on the ins today.  One of the things about the Great Hall is the attention to detail that is present everywhere.

These stairs are in the main hall, and if we go back to the episode of Masterchef, that those of us who live here would have seen, all the contestants watching did so from the top of these stairs.

They are wooden steps, which is a little surprising, I thought maybe they would be stone, so a little surprised that they aren’t, though not disappointed.  If you look closely you can tell that many, many people have walked up and these steps, look at how they have worn.

This doorway is at the back of the hall in the far corner.  I love it and love how you look though and see another door.  I had to go through.  I wasn’t sure what it was used for or where it went. But the detail so beautiful.  Look at the stone.  If you didn’t know better you would think it was the doorway in some amazing Castle in Europe, instead it is building that was built at the end of the 1930’s here in Australia.

These stairs are in the room that the passage in the previous photo leads you too.  I have wondered what this room was used for.  I had thought maybe it was a kitchen, or make do kitchen when functions were on.  Though, I have since found in my research that it was the original founders, Justus Jörgensen’s, studio.  It is a fantastic room and I have to say, if I wanted a studio, it would be fantastic.  Check out the fireplace in it.

The detail in the stone work around it.  So obvious that the place was built by artists.  Who else would bother with such detail for a room that hardly anyone is going to see.  I did read that they got many of the materials from junk yards and other places like that.  I can imagine they got the top of the fireplace, the mantle, and thought, well we need a big fireplace for this, so built a big one.  How warm would that be in the winter.  I have never seen it lit though.

The yellow stone was excavated from the site there.  There is a lovely colour to it, but I did wonder if it detracted from the images.  I felt it may have been to overpowering.  I have photographed Montsalvat before, but I am pretty sure my images were black and white.  I have decided to find out what the images would be like in Black and White.  So take a lot at these, take them in and in a couple of hours I will post the same images, but in black and white and then we can decide which are better.


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  2. I like the idea to try black and white, but I like the color better. The B&W are good, but that is just a personal preference.

    • Thanks David, I wasn’t sure myself. The only thing you lose in the b&w is the colour, but there there is the textures. I love the colour of the stone.

    • Thanks Richard, It is pretty creepy, especially for Australia, it doesn’t really fit in, that is to say there is nothing else like it here.

  3. Only the first looks better in B&W cuz it doesnt has the amazing greenish golden glow that the other three have. Great pics!

    • I suppose you do lose the colour of the stone and that does make it look warmer and more inviting. Thanks telling me your thoughts.

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