Photographer's Note

This is taken in what used to be the Gowings Building. Gowings was a Sydney institution, a department store which sold clothing and camping gear since 1868. This is part of the store which was located on the corner of Market and George Streets, Sydney. I remember going to this store many times with my grandpa in the 1970s, and later on as an adult buying camping and fishing gear. In what is such a sad sign of difficult economic times, Gowings ceased trading at 5:23pm on 29 January 2006.

The Australian slang, "He's gone to Gowings" usually means that a person has gone somewhere and may not return or that the person or thing is irretrievably lost. For example, "That car's gone to Gowings" means that the car is not working and has no chance of ever working again.

The area in my photo is what used to be the caffeteria. On the left you can see the original elevators which were used by both the Gowings customers and also patrons of the State Theatre next door.

Sadly for Sydneysiders, Gowings now really has gone to Gowings.

But you can still get a nice cuppa here in the café which is owned by a private hotelier now.

My Workshop shows the POV from the opposite end of the café.

Canon 5D MkII
ISO 200
4 seconds
19mm using 17-40mm lens
White Balance: Shade

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5609 W: 342 N: 12455] (60342)
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