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CAPTURING THE BIG PICTURE COLLECTABLE \ Photographer Jacqui Henshaw has managed to combine art with the commercial world, writes KIRSTY MANNING-WILCOX

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acqui Henshaw’s photography has been on the radar of leading interior designers, graphic designers, architects, publishers, advertising art directors and property developers for more than two decades. Impressively, Henshaw is one of the few commercial photographers in Melbourne who also attracts a strong audience for her fine-art photography. Her large-scale Manicured Visions piece at four metres wide by two metres high was selected by Bates Smart for the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne. The series has also been popular with private collectors buying on a smaller scale for their homes. The beauty of imperfection inspires Henshaw’s art. “My Manicured Visions series explores the perception of surface reality and our inner world through the medium of landscape and still life,” she says. Recently, clients have sought out Henshaw and commissioned her to capture their own landscapes, or “visions”. Late last year she showed her portfolio to

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Josephine Robson, whose family has a riverside property near Kyneton. Robson loved Henshaw’s layered work. The idea for the commission was that Henshaw would find an image on Robson’s property, and give it the strong, layered treatment of her Manicured Visions series. However, Henshaw noticed the clients were drawn to her classic, intimate black-and-white images. For a few weeks, Henshaw visited the property, arriving at dawn to shoot at first light and then at other times to capture a look with the sun in different positions. “On this beautiful project, walking around the property at dawn was really magical,” she says. “I could capture early-morning frost and the blue crispness of the light. I could even see the patterns of the newly mown lawn. “It was also spring, so the landscape was changing every two days. It is very exciting to shoot projects like this. I like to visit a site at least three to four times at

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