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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Queen Victoria Building – QVB


The Queen Victoria Building, often referred to as the QVB, was designed by George McRae. The building was completed in 1898.

The QVB occupies an entire city block between George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. The centre dome is the dominant feature, consisting of an inner glass and an exterior copper dome. Glorious stained glass windows are plentiful throughout the building. There are marvelous hanging clocks.

In 1984 QVB was completely refurbished as a shopping centre, probably the prettiest one in the world at the very least it certainly is the most stylish.

Added Stainglass Ceiling centre dome

Added Clocktower North

Added Clocktower South

Added Stained glass East

Added Stained glass-West

iPod curse


The weather is Sydney is less than suitable for photography thus today I’ll use a bit of recycling. This is one of my favourite photographs depicting a young and gorgeous girl submerged in her music, but at the same time isolated from the surrounding world. In fact, when I read MX it is often recommended by rail commuters to get an iPod to isolate yourself from other people who may try to talk to you or who talk aloud on her mobiles. It seems the more people there are around us the more privacy in public spaces is required. However, at one point I guess this will lead to yet another wave of social isolation. These days kids are glued to TV or their console games, they have their iPods implanted permanently to their ears. All in the name of personal entertainment. I hope they will find ways to make real friends somewhere along the line. Their hands are on automatic, texting someone every minute on their mobiles may be the only sign they do have social life.