Fo­cused fan­tas­tic four

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - By KYLIE WIL­SON

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.

PHOTO: Erin Davis Hartwig.

◆ 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.

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