This is one of the last images that I made with a large format camera before I left living in Sturt St in Adelaide's CBD to move down to Encounter Bay on the coast on the coast of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. The photo was made early on a Sunday morning in the late autumn. Hence the empty streets.
It is of Wakefield House in Wakefield Street just east of Victoria Square. I do not think that it is heritage listed. Wakefield House is a heavy, concrete modernist building that would have had a utopian feel to it when it was first built and celebrated. This building represents the future. It stood for modern, industrial Adelaide. Today, my personal impressions is that the building has a historical almost brutal look.
There is a long history of architectural photography and this one is a modest architectural photo in a documentary style rather than an atmospheric moment. It does not strive to be the glossy architectural photo that one sees in the architectural magazines. It makes no pretension to be an architectural hero shot, namely the photo that gives a project an identity through being the face of a building.The hero shot is the image in commercial architectural photography done for the client that everyone goes ooh aah over.