Michael Nelson Jagamara’s huge mosaic Possum and Wallaby Dreaming at Parliament House was hard to photograph

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Photographing a 14-square-metre artwork would be difficult at the best of times.

  • Ron Cerabona
  • The Canberra Times

When that work is a mosaic on the forecourt of Parliament House, a busy thoroughfare with a huge building and a lake close by, and placing heavy equipment on the artwork is impossible, it’s even harder.

But David Hempenstall was up to the task.

The senior photographer in the Department of Parliamentary Services is about halfway through digitising the nearly 7000 artworks in the Parliament House Art Collection.

When this work came up, he…

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