Rotorua Museum of Art and History (formerly the Bath House and Tudor Towers)
Construction of the Bath House was completed for the most part by 1908. Native timbers and local pumice were innovatively incorporated into the building of the German-inspired structure. The most up-to-date hydrotherapy equipment was purchased and a baleontologist engaged to research and establish the therapeutic practices for which the Bath House would become internationally acclaimed. Thermal water was piped into bathrooms and massage rooms, with deeper pools being available for the treatment of chronic diseases. Male and female patients were separated. Practices which might be considered bizarre today, such as running electric currents through the water while bathing, became popular with visitors.
After falling into disrepair the baths were closed in 1966, and for the following three decades the building housed a popular local nightspot. Many 70s couples celebrated engagement parties and weddings at the upmarket ‘Tudor Towers’.
When Rotorua needed a special building to preserve its heritage and house its taonga (treasures) the old Bath House with its distinctive architecture, long association with the growing city, and embroidered frontage of formal gardens was the obvious choice. The Bath House was reborn as the Rotorua Museum of Art and History.
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asajernigan (21066) 2010-07-20 3:05
Your composition is very good here. The line of benches and lamppost adds nice depth and direction for the shot.
The angle of the photo is nice adding depth to the scene. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has excellent sharpness.
snunney (81673) 2010-07-20 3:06
A fine well framed composition of this interesting building with an unusual history. The row of benches peeling off to the right and the lamp both help create a good sense of depth. The threatening sky brings a particular mood to the scene and suits the main subject. Good colours and excellent sharpness.
dta (64852) 2010-07-20 3:16
Hello Chris ,
An oustanding composition , very well balanced , with the superb perspective of the rank of benches in the FG , and the splendid building in the BG . Wonderful colors and clouds .
jhm (137502) 2010-07-20 3:43
You chose a wonderful angle, this care for perspective and depth.
Also the clouds to the sky are very nice.
Composition and presentation are pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
silah (1994) 2010-07-20 4:46
Perfectly framed, composed and captured shot. I liked it. GREETINGS from TURKEY, Salih.
Sergiom (57641) 2010-07-20 5:12
J'aime beaucoup la composition.. Le musée placé à droite de l'image ouvre le regard vers ce ciel magnifique . La lumière est parfaite. J'aime beaucoup la rangée de banc en ligne de fuite.
Cretense (68687) 2010-07-20 5:29
Beautiful place and beautiful museum, great photo, with excellent perspective, great framing and composition! Impressive light management, wonderful "heavy" colours, breathtaking sky!
macjake (54824) 2010-07-20 10:20
looking at your photos, i wish you uploaded them more frequently!
i really like the elongated lines to the right, it draws us into the scene smartly.
the dark clouds above add atmosphere and mood.
informative write up too!
ifege (10223) 2010-07-21 0:27
The old baths look beautiful but I can almost smell Rotorua from from here! Good POV and great clouds.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-07-21 0:55
Hello Chris! Amazing museum, very interesting POV and composition, excellent benches, very fine lantern, superb nature and architecture. Good focus. Well done!
ktanska (24562) 2010-07-21 5:39
Lovely late afternoon light on this. And the effect is emphasized by deep blue polarized sky. Good angle picking that bench as a foreground detail.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-07-22 19:46
Wonderful vivid colors
Excellent POV, well framed and done
Have a nice weekend
Fante (5429) 2010-07-23 10:40
excelent photo of this beautiful and interesting green park with museum. Great composition with good POV. Excelent sharpness with many details, beautiful cloudy sky in background, nice colors and good DOF. Bravo
svefay (808) 2010-07-23 10:44
very nice composition, beautiful building, good colours, well done...
- Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper) (6788)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 1:3,5-5,6 DC, ISO 400, Hoya Cir. Polarizer 58 mm
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-07-20 3:02