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Silent Vienna VI by roarbinson
Silent Vienna VI

The Belvedere Garden is located close to Vienna's Downtown in the 3rd district Landstraße. On the property, both Upper Belvedere (behind the photograph) housing the Belvedere Museum and the Lower Belvedere which can be seen in the center of the photograph at the end of the gravel path.

The garden used to have a scenery enclosed by clipped hedges, even as the Belvedere was being built, in the formal French manner with gravelled walks and jeux d'eau by Dominique Girard, who had trained in the gardens of Versailles as a pupil of André Le Nôtre. Its great water basin (which takes up 2/3 of this photograph) in the upper parterre and the stairs and cascades peopled by nymphs and goddesses that links upper and lower parterres survive, but the patterned bedding has long been grassed over; it is currently being restored.

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Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Vienna University of Economics and Business. The university's new campus in morning fog and all its glory.
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Silent Vienna V by roarbinson
Silent Vienna V

Until the mid-19th century, most of the area of today's Schwarzenbergplatz was occupied by Vienna's city walls. After the demolition of the city walls in the years from 1858 to 1863, these areas were now available for construction and, similar to the Ringstraßenpalais, magnificent buildings were constructed here in the second half of the 19th century.

In 1861, Emperor Franz Joseph I ordered the construction of the Schwarzenberg Monument to commemorate the victorious commander of the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg. The equestrian statue was created by Ernst Hähnel and completed in October, 1867.

Franz Joseph I witnessed the commemoration ceremony of the First Vienna Mountain Spring Pipeline, on 23 October 1873 in front of the Palais Schwarzenberg (in an area that was not yet considered part of Schwarzenberg Platz).

In August 1945, immediately after the end of World War II, the Red Army revealed the War Memorial (now popularly called the Russian Monument) behind the Hochstahlbrunnen fountain. Until 1955, a Soviet T-34 tank was placed there. During the occupation, the southern part of square was renamed Stalin Square on 12 April 1946, and this name was officially effective until 18 July 1956. The "Haus der Industrie" (House of Industry), then No. 4 Stalin Square, was the seat of the Allied Council of the four occupying powers until 1955.

In 2003 and 2004, the Schwarzenberg Square was re-designed by Spanish architect Alfredo Arribas and equipped with sunken lighting elements representing different lighting effects. In the course of restructuring, the few green spaces that had existed until then were removed, a matter of much public criticism. There was particularly strong opposition to the replacement of the largely still-existing slim light poles from 1904 by lighting fixtures that were perceived by critics as clumsy and clunky.

Under the Schwarzenberg Square courses the Wien River and the underground line U4, and it was also once the location for the "Zwingburg", a shelter for homeless people who retreated into the Viennese sewers.

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Silent Vienna IV by roarbinson
Silent Vienna IV
The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), located in Vienna's Innenstadt (1st district), is an opera house and opera company. It was renamed in 1920 - following the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Republic of Austria - from Wiener Hofoper (Vienna Court Opera) to its current name. It is next to the Musikverein concert hall the second home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The opera house was the first major building on the Wiener Ringstraße commissioned by the Viennese "city expancion fund". It was designed by August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll in the Neo-Renaissance style and built from 1861 to 1869.

This image depicts the back side of the building as the vantage point is better than from the front and there are less street cables and there is less traffic constricting the view.

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Silent Vienna I by roarbinson Silent Vienna II by roarbinson Silent Vienna III by roarbinson
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'Silent Vienna' is going to be my new photography series project that I've thought about for a while now. It will consist of architectural landmarks and (usually always) populated places and squares in Vienna but - here it comes - empty. Without people. Or at least only with traces of people like ghostly figures. I'm calling the series 'silent' because in my opinion these pictures void of people produce a feeling of silence. I will also provide the information on where the pictures were taken and what the architectural subjects are called (so far as they have names) since they're supposed to be famous and well-known places.

I don't yet know for how long I'll do this series. I'll treat it as an open end project and I'll definitely take other pictures in between too. My first technique will be to use a tripod, neutral density filters, and long exposures. The second technique will be tripod only and to take multiple exposures of the same composition and creating smart objects in photoshop in order to get rid of people in the scenes.

Whether or not I'll be doing shots for the series in winter, I don't know yet. Usually I strongly prefer spring to autumn as I feel that bare trees are less nice and the natural lighting in winter isn't as pretty. It'll also depend on how harsh the winter will be since I'm a summer person and consider anything below 20 Celsius cold.

This is the first picture of 'Silent Vienna' that I took in spring 2014 and decided to use to open the project:
Silent Vienna I by roarbinson
Click on the image to be taken to the deviation including its description and a little of its history.

I hope that the ones of you that are interested in Vienna will learn a little about our architecture and history and about the sights that may be worth a visit if you ever decided to take a trip to Vienna. I also hope you'll enjoy the series photography-wise.

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Hi my name is Andy Robinson. I graduated my MSc in molecular biotechnology in 2013 and am working in the biotechnology industry. I love surfing, snowboarding, photography and lots of other stuff. I hope you like my work. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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