Mar 13 2014
Ray McJannett, a museum trained photographer, currently explores the landscapes and stories of the historic districts of Yass and Gunning in his work. This hilly region of Southern NSW is dotted with deserted homesteads, shearing sheds and railway stations, many dating from the mid 1800’s. His 2014 exhibition ‘The Rural Series’ at the Belconnen Arts Centre in Canberra showed different aspects of the local region, especially the small village of Jerrawa NSW, where the artist lives.
“I began photographing old buildings about four years ago. At first my interest was mainly in the architecture and the building methods used. But gradually I came to hear the history of these buildings and of the people who helped shape this district. I heard stories of the railway, pioneering families, of soldiers and shearers and men who thought little of pedaling a bicycle 200 miles over corrugated dirt tracks just to find work.” Ray McJannett