Walled Parliament 22nd September 2017

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2017:09:17 18:53:13
  • 0.005 s (1/200) (1/200)
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  • 100
  • 2012:08:29 15:51:37
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Shot Notes

This is the Australian Parliament House in Canberra. It may look imposing from this angle, however, it is surrounded by grass and from each corner wide lawns sweep up and over the building. This blends it into the landscape and lets the public walk above their politicians. I was impressed by the openness when I took this photo in 2012. It showed the confidence of the nation. Disappointingly the current government has decided to build a 2.6metre wall to block access as part of a AUD$60,000,000 security blitz. The only threats to manifest have been the odd hippy protest on the roof. When the politicians have finished isolating themselves from the people who put them there, I hope they can still see the war memorial as they need a lesson in courage. Australia’s colonial history began as prison without walls and is now a walled democracy and since covid has become a prison island again.

This is the second of my parliament house images I spotted the ABC using. This time for an Australia Talks promo.

This image has been accepted by Shutterstock for Stock Photography and is available for download here.

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