Four photographers present four unique interpretations of North East Victorian landscapes, significant for their natural and cultural heritage values.

Photographers Erin Davis-Hartwig, Jerun Terlaak, Scott Hartvigsen and Nat Ord have created images at four National Trust listed sites from the Beechworth region, North East Victoria – Mount Pilot, Murmungee, Lake Zwarberg and Lake Kerferd.

The result is four unique perspectives of these significant regional landscapes and includes aerial photography, traditional landscape and fine art photography

FOUR LANDSCAPES

Murmungee Basin

At the time of the arrival of Europeans, the Murmungee Basin was cared for by renowned Aboriginal warrior‚ Merriman.

In 1824 Hume and Hovell became the first Europeans to stand on the edge of the Basin, not far from where Murmungee Lookout is today. They admired the Ovens River country below as ‘extremely beautiful’, being covered in honeysuckle (silver banksia), grass trees and wild flax, and scantily wooded with timber trees of the most valuable description.

Thirteen years later, Aboriginal occupation of Murmungee was usurped by grazier William Bowman. Little changed again until 1853, when gold was discovered in the Buckland Valley, and miners poured down from the Beechworth hills into Murmungee through a precipitously steep pass, which they dubbed the Buckland Gap.

By the late 19th century, residents of Beechworth considered this to be one of their famous beauty spots‚ loved for its giant blue gums and alpine views.

Jacqui Durrant

Lake Zwarberg

Named after local businessman Albert Zwar in 1912, Lake Zwarberg was formed from the sluice-pit left behind after alluvial gold mining operations.

From the beginning, special efforts made by the Beechworth Progress Association to improve the Lake came to nought. Attempts to turn it in to a trout fishery failed, maybe because the trout fingerlings were eaten by the Lake resident population of rakali‚ a carnivorous native rodent with thick waterproof fur and webbed feet, which can still be seen in the early morning light.

Today Lake Zwarberg remains a strange little lake, fringed with lurid green water plants, beckoning passers-by with its twisted gums and eerie reflections.

Jacqui Durrant

Mount Pilot

Mount Pilot is a granite batholith, surrounded on its lower flanks by massive granite tors and giant boulders. Some of these boulders have cracked and fallen to create caves and galleries, which offered permanent shelter to the first Australians.

Two separate rock art paintings of Thylacines, each probably more than 2000 years old, speak of the area’s ancient spiritual significance.

The surrounding remnant box ironbark and cypress pine forests shelter dozens of rare and threatened species, from barking owls and regent honeyeaters, to squirrel gliders and brush-tailed phascogales (tuan). On the summit, rock pools filled with rain water reflect the sky, while the view across the Murray River plains stretches as far as the eye can see.

Jacqui Durrant

Lake Kerferd

Spring-fed from the Stanley Plateau, Lake Kerferd was constructed in 1862 to retain the waters of the Hurdle Swamp for gold mining purposes.

Named afterlong-serving Member for Ovens, conservative politician George Briscoe Kerferd, the Lake quickly became a popular location for picnics, fetes and an annual rowing regatta.

Lake Kerferd became the dedicated source of Beechworth’s water supply in 1904.

Surrounded by a forest of majestic white-trunked brittle gums in which koalas are easily spotted, Lake Kerferd is now a haven for the endangered trout cod.

Jacqui Durrant

FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Erin Davis Hartwig

Whether captured or constructed, Erin’s photographic works speak with dreamy ethereal softness and a cinematic quality, bringing life and light to her imagery.

Erin worked as a photographer in Melbourne for several years before returning to the North East with her young family 9 years ago. She has built a reputation as a hardworking creative professional. Now with a decade of experience behind her, you’ll find her creating imagery for a variety of commercial clients, the Arts, Regional tourism, Food + Wine producers, and Wedding + Portrait clients.

“There is nothing quite like a self-imposed deadline to push you to create new work. It’s been fantastic to work with a group of talented and passionate photographers all with the resolve to make this show great.”

@beechworth_photographers

Nat Ord

After a decade of mostly self-directed photographic exploration, Nat has gone from detailing flora in the Victorian Alps and bush land to shooting notable musicians live, getting amongst rush hour crowds in Tokyo, and everything in between. Her subjects and environments are limitless, as are the techniques she uses and the aesthetics she employs fundamentally to portray her story and message.

Nat is an award winning artist and has received recognition for her work — both nationally and internationally.

@nat.ord

Scott Hartvigsen

Scott Hartvigsen is a Beechworth based photographer with a strong interest in ecology and the environment. Scott  has been a professional photographer for the past 20 years, but regards himself as an emerging art photographer, he was recently a finalist in the National Photography Prize.

Scott has photographed in all kinds of conditions, from the heat and smoke of the Victorian bushfires to the frozen prairies of Newfoundland. With a background as a field ecologist and environmental conservationist, he welcomes the challenge of unique, nature-based and outdoor photographic assignments. Scott has documented logging blockades for the Wilderness Society and has been an in-house photographer for the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW.

@scott_hartvigsen_photography

Jerun Terlaak

Inspired by photographers like Joel Sternfeld and Andreas Gursky, Jerun started taking photos in the late nineties.

By the grace of his wife, he became proficient at developing film and prints, locked away in the tiny bathroom of their not much bigger flat in London.

At the start of the millennium, the transition from film to digital led to a career in web and graphic design. Today Jerun tells stories through video and works as a photographer and content producer for a range of clients.

‘For this exhibition, I chose to capture images from the sky, looking straight down. The result is an entirely different view of the beautiful landscape we know so well.’

@jerunterlaak

Four Photographers

The FOUR Exhibition is proudly supported by:

National Trust

Beechworth Arts Council

Indigo Shire

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