Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thebes, Down under

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You see the most surprising things when you least expect them. All the times I've walked down Commerical Rd., Port Adelaide, I've done so on the west side. I walked down the east side once and saw this to the west: a building rendered in perfect, classic Egyptian architecture! The groundfloor fronts the street and is shops, there is nothing to tip you off, but around the corner, off the main road, the facade opens out into its Egyptian style. I'm not positive what this building is, going by the crest over the door it's a Masonic hall, or at least was originally. There is probably a great story behind it! It's probably pretty old, but certainly post-dating the Egyptian phase of the romantic revival that saw obelisks appear all over early 19th century cemeteries of Anglo-derived cultures (e.g., Australia, the United States). Whatever its origins, this building is a remarkable landmark in Port Adelaide. The photo was a technical no-brainer, frame and shoot, and enhancement was no more than a 5% sharpen. Fuji FinePix S5600, some telephoto. February, 2009. Image by Mike.

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