A new book released this month tells the stories of characters living and working in Benalla district.TONI BRIENT May 16, 2014 3:17am
Swanpool Cinema founders Kevin Smith and Shirley Swallow are featured in a new book, In the folds of the hills.
The stories of Lima and Swanpool residents have been immortalised in In the Folds of Hills, a new book released this month.
The book, created by Melbourne photographer Kristian Laemmle-Ruff and his mother Charlotte Laemmle, includes a foreword by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
It explores the wisdom and humanity found in the characters living and working in the area, including Swanpool Community Cinema founders Kevin Smith and Shirley Swallow.
Mr Laemmle-Ruff said the idea sprung from his family’s connection with the area, after owning a co-operative farm near Lima for many years.
‘‘We kept driving through the area not knowing who the people were who lived in those houses,’’ he said.
‘‘It was lovely to get to know people who had been through all these good seasons, bad seasons, droughts, floods, fires and everything in between.
‘‘I’d always been interested in the documentary and storytelling side of photography, but this is the first project I’ve done of this nature and to this scale.’’
It was in 2009 Mr Laemmle-Ruff and his mother first began visiting residents to document their stories.
The book ‘‘started to come together’’ in 2012, and discussions with a publisher began in 2013.
To accompany her son’s photographs in the book, Mrs Laemmle wrote the characters’ stories.
Mr Laemmle-Ruff said the two developed a great partnership during the project.
‘‘It was really productive, in a sense, that my mum could just focus on meeting people, talking to them, gaining their trust, asking lots of questions about their family history and experience on the land and in the area,’’ he said.
‘‘Her focus on that meant I could just really focus on the photography side of it.
‘‘Mum had a mature, experienced, feminine (approach), and I was this young, enthusiastic photographer.
‘‘I think they complemented each other well that we doing quite different things.’’
The book was released on May 1, and the launch will be held on Friday, May 23 at Swanpool Community Cinema.
The film includes a local cast and depicts the 60-year history of her family farm and the changing face of farming.
Organisers of the Challenge Shepparton triathlon will donate half the entry fees from entrants in the ‘community team challenge’ to the Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
Jake Thompson has an eagle eye and a steady hand and he put both to good use recently when he won the U15 Australian Snooker Championships, held in Adelaide.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
THIS year’s Winter Blues Festival is just around the corner — kicking off for the first time on a Thursday at the Star Hotel, American Hotel and Antonio’s on the Port.
ROCHESTER went sugar free for the day on Thursday for National Diabetes Week, with the inaugural Great Sugar Free Bake Off.
Elle Groves will achieve a remarkable milestone this week, in what is already a remarkable A grade netball career with Kyabram, when she steps onto the court on Saturday for her 100th game.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
ONCE in a while some people are lucky enough to stumble across their destiny.
Moira Shire welcomed 25 new citizens on Thursday as people from across the world chose to make Australia their home.
Mathoura endured a harsh hammering to its playing confidence on Saturday with a 24-goal thrashing at the hands of Deniliquin Rovers.
SPC will abolish its internal sales team and reduce executive numbers in the latest chapter of the company’s ongoing restructuring.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.