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One Lens, One Hour, One Location – ANZAC War Memorial…

by on Mar.12, 2014, under Life, Photography

Continuing with my project with one lens, one focal length for one hour in one location, on a nice overcast day – this time I’m visiting the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD.

Completed in 1934, is the main commemorative military monument in Sydney and was built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War I. It’s located at the southern extremity of Hyde Park on the eastern edge of Sydney’s central business district, and it is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day, Armistice Day and other important occasions.

The Well of Contemplation allows visitors to look down into the Hall of Silence from the floor above, there the central motif of the Memorial – a statue symbolising ‘Sacrifice’ rests in the centre of the building



NIKON D600 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1/25 sec at f/4, ISO 100

At the entrance to the hall of silence the words ‘Let silent contemplation be your offering’ is inlaid in marble

ANZAC Rising

ANZAC Rising

NIKON D600 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1/15 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

On the ceiling of the dome above the Hall of Memory there are 120,000 stars, each representing the men and women from New South Wales who enlisted for service in First World War. From this number, 21,000 were killed, or died later from their wounds, and 50,000 were wounded

Hall of Memory

Hall of Memory

NIKON D600 + 15.0 mm f/2.8 @ 15 mm, 1/250 sec at f/4, ISO 100

The Hall of Memory is illuminated by amber glazed windows, one on each side, engraved with a motif depicting a stylised Rising Sun symbol, the emblem of the Australian Army. At all times of the day, the gleaming bronze surface of the shrine is bathed in golden light – representing the hope of tomorrow

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