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Photography exhibition at Benalla

The style and rhythm of country life is the focus of the latest photography exhibition at Benalla Art Gallery.

January 4, 2013 4:04am

Charlotte Reynolds' snapsot of the Merrijig Rodeo is part of a new candid exhibition at Benalla Art Gallery.

Over the past five years, photographer Charlotte Reynolds has travelled across north-eastern Victoria, capturing candid snapshots of the ‘‘local pastimes . . . the things that we do at work or play, or events and special occasions’’.

The result is On Any Day — The North East, a collection of photos which feature iconic regional landmarks and drawcard events such as the Swanpool Cinema and Merrijig Rodeo, as well as reflections of everyday life.

Ms Reynolds said her inspiration was drawn from a fascination with people as well as the landscape of her adopted home town of Mansfield.

‘‘I just have an interest in the way people live in the country . . . it’s a different pace of life,’’ Ms Reynolds said.

‘‘I’m really looking for that moment that says something about where we are, that reflects how we live in the country.

‘‘You find moments when you’re photographing on the street, things happen that you could never really think of yourself. There’s just a real honesty in a genuine moment . . . it’s just life.’’

Although Ms Reynolds has had her work exhibited before, this is her first solo show in the region, and she’s very excited to see all her hard work come together.

‘‘It’s really nice to accumulate these (photos) over that period of time and finally get to show them, to put them on the wall,’’ she said.

‘‘I think it’s nice for the first thing for me to show to be a reflection of the community and where we live.’’

On Any Day – The North East is at Benalla Art Gallery until January 20.

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