First of all today, I want to say Happy May Day. I have discovered recently that today is the official first day of Spring in England, so this morning I was up before sunrise to watch the Morris Dancers of Melbourne dancing to welcome the sunrise, I think that is what it was. We had an amazing sunrise, so that was brilliant. I did take photos, and will show them to you tomorrow.
Today, it is back the Bluestone on St Kilda Road.
This is the first entrance hall of the bluestone at the building that belongs to the Deaf Children Australia. This is what you see when you first walk inside the main door. I have shown you that door before. In through the door you can see the main staircase.
To do this image, I actually did two. There was no way to hold the door open, so my daughter held it open and stood on the far left, and then in the second image she stood on the step to keep it open. I used a tripod so the only thing that changed was her. I put the two images together and masked her out of the image. I really wanted you to be able to see the view though the door. It is quite impressive.
I have shown you bits of pieces of this staircase, but I wanted to show it as more of a whole as well. It is a really grand staircase and creates quite an impressive entrance for the building. I think the children and families who went there for the first time would have felt quite intimidated by this grandeur. Though we now know that it didn’t continue all the way through the building.
When I was there last time I was told some interesting facts about the clock from Neil, so I am just going to cut and paste what he told me.
As mentioned the clock that is in the main part of the building is known as a ‘slave’ clock. There were several of them throughout the building at some stage. The master was located I believe near the laundry. Currently the master is at a repairer’s store in Glen Waverley, where the watch maker is awaiting our instructions to go ahead with the repairs. We have not been able to find the funds to do this.
When I started at DCA in 2000 the slave clock was operational. At some stage the power was disconnected or damaged and since then it has not run. I believe that it probably needs its master (like most of us do!) but not being a watch maker I really have no idea.
When you look at the two images above is hard to understand why the building is in need of restoration. I am going to show you that at some point, and have shown a little, but when you walk around you can see the damage of time and see how things need to be fixed.
I have just mentioned the building needs restoration. From what I have gathered, they are looking for around 12 millions dollars for this restoration. The board for Deaf Children Australia have committed up to 6 million, but a lot more needs to be found.
The restoration doesn’t include just the building. The goal is for the Deaf Children Australia (DCA) to become self sufficient and for the building to help, not just the deaf community, but many other organisations and communities who are living with disabilities. The plans are fantastic, and as I continue to do this project I will let you know a lot more of those plans.
So please remember, if you would like to donate money toward the restoration then please Donate Here.
On another note, I wanted to mention something about the two images up above. They are both HDR images and I have processed them with Photomatix Pro, but I have used the latest version. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to check to see if there were any updates. If you have purchased it recently or in the last two years, then you may be eligible for a free upgrade. Great deal, don’t you think.
I have some links for you.
Just one warning when you using the latest version, you seem to need to check the remove ghosts box every time you process an image. Otherwise it is good.