Old Parliament House on Flickr
On our Flickr photostream you can see a growing collection of images relating to the building and events taking place within and around it.
We are also using Flickr to support and extend our exhibitions program and open up our content to comment, tagging and discussion. The three most recent examples are the exhibitions Billy Hughes at War, Beyond Reasonable Drought and In the Picture.
The Billy Hughes at War exhibition website contains activities and resources about the conscription debate and Australia’s involvement in the peace negotiations after the First World War. Using our Flash-based poster builder on the site, visitors to the site can create a poster about the conscription debate and submit it to us. Posters are then selected to appear in a Flickr set and the nine most recent contributions are displayed back on the Billy Hughes website.
Beyond Reasonable Drought is an Old Parliament House travelling exhibition in association with the MAP Group — Many Australian Photographers. It features images by some of Australia’s best photographers, documenting the impact of the drought on the land, people and psyche of rural and urban Australia. For this exhibition we’ve used Flickr to experiment with mapping. The images, which are captioned and geo-tagged, are held in a Flickr set; the images are pulled back into the Beyond Reasonable Drought exhibition website. The location-based nature of the exhibition encourages mapping, and the geo-tagging of each image has allowed us to add the geographical layer to the exhibition at Flickr. Once output as a .kml file, the exhibition can also be viewed in Google Earth as a tour.
Finally, In the Picture at Old Parliament House. In 2001 Old Parliament House ran a popular photography exhibition called In the Picture, showing the House through the eyes of insiders and visitors. Some of the images in the exhibition were family treasures, while others were keepsakes of a working life, of years spent tending the machinery of government. In a small way, it was a catalogue of people’s relationship with and experience of the building since 1927. The exhibition now exists as a Flickr set, opened up for comment and discussion. As with Beyond Reasonable Drought, the images are pulled back into the Old Parliament House website on an In the Picture exhibition page.
To continue the idea, we’ve created an In the Picture at Old Parliament House group at Flickr. The Flickr group is a way of continuing the central idea of that exhibition: it’s an ongoing conversation with the people who continue to come to the building and enjoy it, collecting the experiences they have with Old Parliament House. The Flickr group seeks images of people’s experiences at Old Parliament House. They can be old or new, but we really want to see how you have experienced this building and how you have chosen to interpret it with photos.