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The Sydney College of the Arts

This weekend I started a new photography class. The Creative Street Photography course from The University of Sydney. The first class was held at The Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle, Sydney, Australia.

The very first time I walked inside the campus, it's was raining Saturday morning, the campus was empty and no students were found, giving desolate atmosphere in general. According to the Wikipedia:

It is housed in the Kirkbride complex, a cluster of sandstone buildings designed by James Barnet, the government architect in the late 19th century. The complex was part of the Callan Park Lunatic Asylum for the Mentally and Criminally Insane, which was built between 1878 and 1884.[2] It was a major psychiatric hospital for many years but, in the late 20th century, the hospital functions were moved to the western section of the estate and the Kirkbride complex became the home of the College of the Arts. The college is a base for the study of the visual arts.


Interesting history behind these old brick buildings. As now they accustomed for Arts students, the compus was well decorated with little paintings, signs and photos in every corner.

The lesson of the day was in fact the cameraless shooting and the following discussion, which means that these photos are not supposed to be here, but I just couldn't save myself from pulling out my camera and pressing the shutter button :)

Old Chimney in the campus
This image might be the best reflection of old hospital days, the gloomy raining day and the rusty chimney standing lonely on the ground.

Faces on the wall

Pillars

No smoking sign defying the gravity

Dancers in the picture

Spock .\\//
Finding Spock was the least expected thing in the Arts College. I found this very very cool :) Loved it.

Abandoned chairs

Ladder up

Thinking of James Dean while making tea

All the images were published under the "Creative Commons" licence.


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