On our club outing on Sunday 30 June, there will be endless opportunities to practice the skills that we have acquired in Alfonso Calero's presentation about urban landscapes. You can showcase photos taken on the day at the Landscape, Urban Landscape & Panorama presentation night on 7 August. Furthermore, if you have chosen Street Photography as your subject for The Challenge, some of the images could become part of your portfolio.
The University of Sydney, founded in 1850, is Australia's first university and regarded as one of the world's leading universities. The British Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post rank its campus, spreading across the inner-city suburbs of Camperdown and Darlington, in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities. Sydney University's vibrant neighbourhoods Newtown, Chippendale, and Redfern give us the opportunity to extend our outing and dive into the colourful world of street art and graffiti.
For reasons of convenience, at this excursion we are going to travel by bus. For those who prefer to hop on the Manly ferry or drive by car, there are a few meeting points (marked with a ∆ symbol) to assemble at.
∆ 8:20am | Mona Vale B-Line Stop, Barrenjoey Road Those who travel to the city by bus will meet for the 8:35am B1 service to Wynyard. Bring your Opal card!
8:35am | Mona Vale B-Line Stop, Barrenjoey Road We take the B1 from Mona Vale to Wynyard.
8:40am | Warriewood B-Line Stop, Pittwater Road Join us on the B1. On Sundays, the B1 service runs every 10 minutes. Hence it is unlikely that "our" bus gets confused with another B1 that leaves Mona Vale at around the same time. In the unlikely event that there are two B1's approaching the bus stop, look out for Peter at the bus door (or hop on any bus and join us at Wynyard, see below).
∆ 9:27am | Wynyard Stand M, York Street We arrive at Wynyard, from where it is a 150m walk south along York Street to the next bus stop, Stand H. For those who have travelled by bus or car, this is the first chance to join the group.
9:38am | Wynyard Stand H, York Street We take the M30 bus (Taronga Zoo to Sydenham route).
∆ 9:57am | Bus stop City Road before Butlin Ave We arrive at Sydney University. If you make your way to the city by yourself, this is another chance to join the group.
Just next to the bus stop, the Jane Foss Russell Building with its patterned facade (which emulates the foliage of nearby fig trees) provides a first photo opportunity for architecture aficionados.
From here we will explore Sydney University: A footbridge across City Road leads to the northern campus with spectacular examples of more recent architecture like the New Law Building and Fisher Library ensemble. In front of them, the sculptural curvilinear Light Tower made of stainless steel creates an architectural "figure" that draws in and reflects natural daylight.
Opposite the library, the Anderson Stuart Building from 1884 (formerly known as the Old Medical School) is a superb example of neo-gothic architecture. "Next door" is the building that Sydney University campus is famous for, and of course it is a highlight of our outing: The Quadrangle. Its Gothic Revival design is based on those of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It contains one of only three carillons in Australia. (There are free Carillon recitals every Sunday afternoon at 2pm; the best place to listen is in the southwest corner of the Quadrangle.)
The Quadrangle serves as the background to many graduations and private events, and most likely we will witness a few weddings. A foretaste of our afternoon programme is given by the Graffiti Tunnel on the campus, just behind the Quadrangle between the Holme Building and Manning House. To avoid congestion by too many members trying to squeeze through the tunnel at the same time, feel free to veer off in smaller groups and explore the campus at your own pace. The self-guided tour map (PDF file) published by Sydney University will give you some guidance.
∆ 12:45pm | "Light Tower" between New Law Building and Fisher Library We meet to make our way (less than 500m) through Victoria Park, across City Road, and along Cleveland Street to the Rose Hotel for lunch.
1:00pm | Rose Hotel, 52-54 Cleveland Street (corner Shepherd Street), Chippendale Lunch. Check out the Rose Hotel's menu on their website www.therosehotel.com.au.
2:30pm | Chippendale, Darlington, Redfern If your legs still carry you, join us on a tour through the side streets of Chippendale, Darlington and Redfern in search of graffiti and street art. Some examples can be found at the corners of Abercrombie and Meagher Streets, Meagher Street and McAlister Lane, Meagher Street and Chippen Lane, or Regent and Wellington Street. Once you start exploring the area, you will find many more.
"Single point of truth" is this page on our website. Any updates will be published here.
Check the website the day before the event to find out if the outing needs to be cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions.
This outing involves a good deal of walking, so don't overload with equipment and wear comfortable shoes.
Bring water and some food (e.g. fruit, muesli bars etc.) to snack on.
Some photographers find it inappropriate to take photos of other people's artwork. Think about options to shoot street art, e.g. choosing a different angle or waiting for the "right moment".