IN THE FOLDS OF HILLS.
Photographs by Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
Stories by Charlotte Laemmle
Introduction by RT Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH
Essay by Robert McFarlane, Photographer & Writer
Published by Pearce Press, Australia
MELBOURNE DATES: LAUNCH Thursday 1st May 6.00 – 8.30pm
Exhibition Dates 1st – 8th May 2014
Venue: The Field Institute @ The Compound Interest (Centre for the Applied Arts), Collingwood
Keynote Opening Night Speaker: Robert McFarlane, eminent Australian Photographer & Writer
Cluttered domestic interiors, farm sheds, wide-open landscapes engulfed me: all of these environments were full of memory, full of visual symbols waiting to be captured.
Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, 2013
In the Folds of Hills depicts life in the secluded valleys around Lima, a rural area a little over 100kms northwest from Melbourne, Victoria.
Beginning in 2009, this unique project grew out of a collaboration between young photographer, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff and his mother, Charlotte Laemmle. The family had visited this area for many years, having a house on one of the local farms. For four years Kristian and Charlotte would head to the country to photograph and interview.
Hundreds of cups of tea, countless biscuits and slices of cake later, many conversations were had sitting in familial kitchens, public halls and even the old Swanpool Cinema. The project was finally completed in 2013.
This is an extraordinary achievement of documentary photography.
These beautiful, engaging and heart warming stories are told with dignity, passion, care and respect.
Photographs and personal histories that could represent every small rural farming town across Australia – many of which are fast disappearing.
This is an important historical record – captured beautifully in Kristian’s observant photographs and Charlotte’s recorded oral histories.
There are seven chapters in this book, representing many personal stories.
List of stories: Rosie & Wally Daws (p12); Ralph Pearce (p30); Moorngag Hall (p56); Lorna & Jim Essenhigh (p66); Graham Jensen (p90); Liz & Jim Renkin (p102); Shirley Swallow & Kevin Smith (p124)
Malcolm Fraser wrote in the foreword: (extract) Kristian Laemmle-Ruff not only has great technical control of his craft, but translates this skill into truly artistic photographs…Th(is) portfolio focuses on individuals who have lived most, if not all their lives in this area. They are all hard-working and modest in their possessions. Their individual characters shine through the photographs with a rugged determination and strength…