SARAH CALD­WELL

SONY A7R II, VENUS OP­TICS LAOWA 12MM F/2.8 ZERO-D LENS, 12MM, 1/5S, F/8, ISO 3200

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Sarah’s a jet­set­ter-cum-pho­tog­ra­pher — and win­ner of our 2017 Sigma Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. In be­tween stops along her many trips abroad, she spends her time seek­ing out the world’s most spe­cial ar­chi­tec­tural sites. On one of her short vis­its to the cap­i­tal, she stum­bled upon this spec­tac­u­lar stair­well within the Wellesley Club Build­ing, now home to the Wellesley Bou­tique Ho­tel. Nearly 100 years old, it’s now listed as a Cat­e­gory 1 her­itage build­ing, and is con­sid­ered one of the finest ex­am­ples of Neo-Geor­gian ar­chi­tec­ture in Welling­ton. Now metic­u­lously re­stored — from the spi­ral stair­case to the floor tiling and light fit­tings — the build­ing is a tes­ta­ment to the char­ac­ter and beauty of the era, com­bin­ing mod­ern fea­tures and de­sign in keep­ing with its in­tegrity and char­ac­ter. “I am al­ways on the look­out for build­ings that might have beau­ti­ful stair­cases, and as this was a lovely old one and had a sign say­ing ‘Pub­lic Wel­come’, I ven­tured in, saw the stair­case, and asked if I could pho­to­graph it,” ex­plains Sarah. Though Sarah shot around 20 dif­fer­ent com­po­si­tions, the im­age pic­tured, shot on Sarah’s widest Laowa 12mm lens, was an easy choice. “I re­ally en­joy lines and shapes in gen­eral, and for me, of­ten in­te­ri­ors yield more in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tions and colours than ex­te­ri­ors. With an ul­tra-wide an­gle I can trans­form and en­hance those lines to some­thing a lit­tle more cre­ative.”

/sarah_e_­cald­well

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