Focused fantastic four
EXPLORING and depicting some of the Beechworth area’s most familiar landmarks in new ways has inspired a quartet of Indigo Shire photographers. Erin Davis Hartwig, Jerun Terlaak, Scott Hartvigsen and Nat Ord - both past and present residents of Beechworth - are using their new exhibition, Four, to showcase their response to four landscapes in the Beechworth area; Mt Pilot, Murmungee Lookout, Lake Zwarberg and Lake Kerferd. They used various photographic techniques, including aerial photography, traditional landscape and fine art photography. Beechworth’s Scott Hartvigsen said the project combined his twin passions of photography and the environment. He has had “a fascination” with photography from a very young age, and has been in the industry professionally for about 20 years. Also regularly working in the environmental field, he said it was a logical progression to always have a camera with him while at work, and said that helped fuel his love of photography. Among his favourite things to photograph are dilapidated or crumbling old buildings, to help capture images of them before they are lost forever, and he often returns to the same spot to capture the differences over time.
Scott said he had thoroughly enjoyed being part of the exhibition. “It’s very interesting, the different images that we’ve captured,” Scott said. “When we brought the images together, it was like, ‘wow, they were very different’,” he added. “It’s also been a great thing to do, just to collaborate with other photographers in town.” He said his favourite spot to work out while he was putting his shots together for the exhibition was Lake Zwarberg, because of its “beautiful old ghost gums” and the fact it was a former mining site. “It’s quite an eerie old spot,” Scott said. A photographer of over two decades’ standing, as well as a graphic artist and web designer, Jerun Terlaak said he jumped at the chance to be involved in the project. Some of his most striking images in the exhibition were captured using drone technology, offering a vastly different perspective of familiar local landmarks. “I really enjoyed it – you get some really unexpected angles, you normally wouldn’t get from the ground,” he said. “There’s a lot of colours, patterns and little details.” “It’s a combination of technical skills and creative skills,” he said of the use of drones in photography. Jerun said that as well as the photos all having been taken and printed in the region, the frames themselves are also uniquely local – made by a North East craftsman from timber salvaged in the area, including peppermint gum salvaged from Stanley. Like Scott, Jerun said Lake Zwarberg was his favourite spot of the four locations to photograph. “It looks so otherwordly, especially from the sky,” he said. He said that as photography can be such an individual pursuit, he loved working with others in the collaborative exhibition. “To collaborate with others is just fantastic,” he said, adding that photographing the local spots had whet his appetite to explore and further photograph the North East. The exhibition, also a featured part of the Beechworth Arts Council’s Spring Arts Festival, is located at the Old Stone Hall, 7 Church St, Beechworth and runs through until December 2, with opening hours from 10am-2pm Thursday- Sunday. Entry is by gold coin donation and all artworks are for sale.
◆ ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Photographers with works in the new Four exhibition at Beechworth (from left) Jerun Terlaak, Erin Davis Hartwig, Nat Ord, and Scott Hartvigsen.
◆ SURREAL: An image of Lake Kerferd from above, taken by Beechworth photographer Jerun Terlaak.
◆ POWERFUL: A photo Scott Hartvigsen took at Mt Pilot.