His­tory told through art and im­agery in ex­hibit

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ONCE all the old relics and ru­ins are lost from the area there will be lit­tle but tales and pho­tos to re­mem­ber them by.

Stan­thorpe pho­tog­ra­pher San­dra McEwan has ded­i­cated a large part of the last sev­eral years en­sur­ing that old cat­tle sta­tions, homes, huts and ev­ery­thing else will be re­mem­bered long after they’ve crum­bled.

“We’ve just got so much lo­cal his­tory here and it’s slowly dis­ap­pear­ing so it’s im­por­tant to doc­u­ment it,” she said. “It’s go­ing to be gone one day.”

Her pho­tog­ra­phy will be part of a new ex­hi­bi­tion to open at the Stan­thorpe Re­gional Art Gallery on Fri­day night.

Works from sculp­tor and painter He­len Tur­risi will also take up a large share of the dis­played creations.

“I al­ways had an in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy, right from when I was lit­tle,” San­dra said.

“About roughly 10 years ago I had the op­por­tu­nity to get a de­cent cam­era, quickly out­grew the one I got, and went from there.

“Four years ago I went to TAFE and I did a Cert 4 in photo imag­ing.

“My TAFE teacher is ac­tu­ally the one who is go­ing to be open­ing the ex­hibit on Fri­day.”

The ‘Whis­per­ing Land’ ex­hi­bi­tion aims to cap­ture the land and his­tory around us.

“The story be­hind the Whis­per­ing Land is, at TAFE I had to do a port­fo­lio and I sug­gested I was go­ing to do the his­tory of the area – so I started with Pikedale.

“As much as I love tak­ing land­scape and wildlife pho­tos, the his­tor­i­cal side is my pas­sion.

“Peo­ple have been so great to al­low me to go on their prop­er­ties and take pho­tos,” she said.

“I’m ex­cited for Fri­day night.

“I think it just shows the pas­sion I have for the area and I hope that shows through in the work.”

He­len is equally thrilled to share her body of work.

“I think we’ve put to­gether a won­der­ful body of work,” she said.

“I’ve taken clay to form new ways of in­ter­pret­ing the land­scape, with some sur­pris­ing re­sults.

“My work also fea­tures three bronzes and six con­tem­po­rary paint­ings.

“I think the ex­hibit will be well worth a visit,” she said.

Open­ing night is on

Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12 and the ex­hibit runs for six weeks.

PHOTO: SAN­DRA MCEWAN

BACK THROUGH TIME: An old set­tler’s cot­tage in the South­ern Downs area which still has its orig­i­nal con­tents.

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