The Window: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Comments (11)

Rafal Ociepka on February 10, 2008

What can I say... I like it very much!!

juan jose romero on February 11, 2008

I'll keep it! here's magic again

juan jose romero on February 11, 2008

( What does it mean SCM? )

Palmina Moore on February 11, 2008

A lovely shot Ian Something sureal about it.


EVA_L on February 11, 2008

Window from nowhere to nowhere? Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 12, 2008

Perhaps we could call it, "From Darkness to Light"? But it is surreal to have a window that can never be opened, that allows no airflow, that does not invite previewing of the space one might be about to enter.

My dear friends, Eva, Palmina, Juan Jose and Rafal, thankyou, thankyou for your special responses. I treasure them all.

This was taken in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music building. The building was originally the government stables where horses and carriages were housed near to Government House. Hence this is an archaeological site for it dates to the early days of Sydney and it has been a wonderful restoration project undertaken by the NSW government. The window would have been without glass originally and is in one of the towers that are set in the external wall.

And this is such a simple image, yet it is this that helps to make it work. It's hard to forget, I have found. It teases me this window and its image.

Perhaps the surreal comes from the transition from an open unglazed space to one that has been sealed to a new purpose.


M and R on February 17, 2008

Well composed photo. R

Ian Stehbens on February 17, 2008

Dear Robyn,

I appreciate your assessment, for you are very good with composition. We are enjoying your composition work every day. And we had your 1978 scrapbook out the other day to see where it all began!


gezginruh on April 6, 2010

inside or outside... to be or not to be...



Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2010

Dear Füsun,

AS I wandered through the Conservatorium, I was delighted by the marvellous restoration work and archaelogical work that had been done. This building was once the Government Stables where in the days of horse drawn transport, the carriages were kept and maintained.

It allowed also for imagination.

What is a window?

Here, no breeze can flow,

no sound of spring can enter,

no tress of hair can fall,

no love letter can flutter to the ground,

no, no, no, No!


Throw open wide

That warm wind may waft,

For chirps promise new hope,

That my beloved may know,

And love may spring from the ground to release

my imprisoned self!

Thanks for sharing your imagination with me, too.


Pamela Maldonado on February 17, 2015

Hi Ian,

I wanted to know how do you know what images can be used on the Panoramio website? Is this one available for use?


  • Pamela

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