Well I’m still stuck on Cocktoo Island it seems.  There were many exhibits that we didn’t even get to see.  However this post is not about the Biennale or any of it’s exhibits, rather it’s about Cockatoo Island  itself.

In 1839 it became a penal colony and for the next 50 years was home to many prisoners as well as being  the site of the colony’s ship repair and shipbuilding activities. During the twentieth century maritime activity grew, notably during the two World Wars and  for a time, Cockatoo Island was the largest shipbuilding yard in Australia.

The shipyard closed in 1992 and  the island lay disused for ten years. It has now become one of the most interesting places to visit in the city and is full of amazing photographic opportunities. Here are some of the things I found while I was there. It is a fantastic resource site for creatives of all kinds, overflowing with rich textures and unusual things, from old machinery to weathered doorways.

One thing that fascinated me was this old textured wall which is in fact completely fake. Apparently they shot part of the Wolverine movies here and created this wall during the shooting.  If you look carefully you can see at the top right hand side of the picture a bunch of vertical lines where it is starting to fracture…….

Fake Old Brick Wall

Fake Old Brick Wall

 

John and Gracie explore what was really behind it.

 

The Wall That Isn't A Wall

The Wall That Isn’t A Wall

 

Now for the real thing!

 

Real Wall, Old Window

Real Wall, Old Window

 

Some other images which really captured my eye …….

 

Old Window - love those reflections

Old Window – love those textures

 

Old Textured Wood

Old Textured Wood

And of course I simply cannot go past a good reflection.

Water and Metal

Water and Metal

 

A final image I want to leave you with is this one – with a little help from my computer – I love this shot.

 

Black and White - Almost

Black and White – Almost

 

A parting remark – I made the effort to take my Nikkon D90 when I took these fotos – heavy tho it is to lug around and I’m so glad I did –  iphones are great but they just don’t really cut it when it comes to getting some of those trickier low light shots..

This Weeks Question: What photos have you taken recently to inspire your creative efforts?

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