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Murmungee Basin – Jerun Terlaak


“The view overlooking the Murmungee Basin and high country mountains is worth capturing at all times of the day. I took a number of shots covering the mountain ranges, but noticed the beauty of the mountain I was standing on only at the end of my shoot. The sun illuminated the bush around me one last time before darkness set in and by underexposing my last shot to allow for a fast enough shutter speed I was able to capture this magical shot.” – Jerun Terlaak

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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

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.


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