ILCE P H O T O G R A P H Y

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(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)

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Just behind the Crystal Palace National Athletics Stadium, that seemed to be on BBC Grandstand every Saturday afternoon during the 1960's and 70's, is a boating lake and in a small corner of it, there is an island populated by sculptures of extinct animals, mammals and dinosaurs of the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic era's creating the original Jurassic Park. Or rather what the Victorians thought these creatures would look like.

 

When the original Crystal Palace structure, that had been built for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, closed in 1851 the Crystal Palace glasshouse was move south of the river to the top of Sydenham Hill. The Dinosaur Court, as it was originally known, was commissioned in 1852 and unveiled to the public in 1854 when the Crystal Palace Park opened. There are over 30 sculptures in the collection, created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894), and these were the first interpretation of what three-dimensional full-scale dinosaurs probably looked like based on the fossil remains that was available at the time although by modern standards they are to varying degrees inaccurate.  In 1973 the statues became Grade II listed monuments and after being extensively restored in 2002 they were upgraded in 2007 to Grade I listed monuments.

Equipment Used: Sony ILCE-7MII Compact System Camera - Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS Lens

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