V-Mark design has been working closely with Gosford Quarries to capture the beauty of Sydney sandstone. Early Sydney settlers quickly discovered that the local sandstone was a durable and attractive construction material. Officially known as Haweksbury Sandstone, it was preferred for use in the construction of most Government buildings during Sydney’s first century of settlement. Notable buildings constructed of Sydney sandstone include:
- General Post Office
- Government House
- University of Sydney
- Australian Museum
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Sydney Central Railway Station
- Customs House
- Department of Education
- Darlinghurst Gaol
- Queen Victoria Building
Sydney sandstone was also used in the construction of many prestigious residences such as The Abbey in Annandale and Cranbrook in Bellevue Hill. In fact, Sydney sandstone is still considered a material of choice in many of Sydney’s more affluent communities. Sydney’s high income earners are competing to purchase historical properties constructed of sandstone and on many occasions are paying many millions of dollars for the privilege of living in a home that is not only beautiful and steeped in history, but a home that is structurally very sound despite its age.
Companies such as Gosford Quarries supply sandstone product for both construction of new properties as well as the restoration of older buildings and homes. Established in 1922, Gosford Quarries is one of the leading suppliers of Sydney sandstone and their stone was used in the restoration of some of the buildings mentioned above. Gosford Quarries enlisted the services of V-Mark Design to photograph both new constructions and restored buildings. V-Mark shoots the properties in high dynamic range (HDR) meaning up to seven photos taken at different exposure levels are blended to produce an image that highlights the beauty of both the building and the sandstone used in its construction.