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If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then H.C. Beck must have been blushing when this diagram of railway services in Sydney, Australia was produced in 1939. Designed just six years after Beck’s famous London Underground diagram first appeared, it mimics the original’s style almost perfectly, even to the point of using an almost exact copy of the iconic Underground roundel on the cover. If nothing else, it shows how quickly Beck’s idea was adopted around the world.
If you’ve ever been to Sydney in January, then you’ll know that the Sydney Festival is a big deal. Running for almost the entire month, it brings together the very best in the arts from around Australia and the world – music, dance, performance and more. So I was more than a little bit excited when I was commissioned to produce this thematic “route map” of highlighted events, to be used both online and in the Festival’s printed program/brochure.
Another abstract architectural shot, this time of the famous Sydney Opera House. This was taken from the deck of a Manly ferry as it was coming in to berth at Circular Quay – a trip that offers some unique perspectives on Sydney landmarks.
What I was looking for with this shot was interesting patterns, textures and a good mix of light and shadow in the photo. The low winter sun (this was taken in July 2013) helped a lot with this. I’ve accentuated that light with one of my favourite split toning treatments in Lightroom: one that adds blue to shadows and yellow to the highlights.