Living Arts and Culture is a place to promote and celebrate indigenous arts and cultures in the far west region of NSW.

Taylor Jurd

“Photography for me is a means of expression; through it I am given the chance to show others how I view the world. It is a way of conveying my inner most thoughts, desires and beliefs. Most importantly photography has also helped me to reveal things about myself that I would not ever openly discuss, this includes my Aboriginal heritage of the Yorta Yorta Tribe, inner acceptance and the pressures of life.”

My name is Taylor Jurd, I am 25 years old and am originally from Coonamble, NSW. I grew up in the town and completed my primary and high school years there.
When I turned 18, I moved to Wagga Wagga to complete a Bachelor of Photography/Graphic Design at CSU. The double degree course gave me a great insight into the arts industry.

Upon completing the course in 2012, I moved back to my hometown of Coonamble, where my family still lived, so that I could work and be closer to home and my loved ones. In the 16 months I did live there I not only worked at the Coonamble Shire Library as a Library Assistant, but also at the local TAFE campus as the Education Support Officer. I also completed a Certificate 4 in Business Administration and a Certificate 3 in Arts Administration while at TAFE.

Although I had completed my Higher School Certificate and a double degree course at University, I knew having these two courses under my belt would help me in my search for a job even more so. And it did. In early 2014, I saw an advertisement for a job with the local paper in Dubbo. I knew with my education under my belt and a taste of what life was like outside of my hometown, that I wanted to do try something else. A couple of weeks later I got a call from the editor at the local paper and the rest is history.

For just over two years I have been writing for the Western Magazine, the Mailbox Shopper and the Daily Liberal. All three papers are very different – one being an agricultural paper, the other a weekly community paper and the other focusing more on hard news stories within Dubbo and the surrounding region.

I really enjoy writing and the challenges it brings. Some new stories can be very confronting, while others are feel-good. No two days are the same and sometimes I have to travel far distances to get that story.

Not having grown up in Dubbo it has also helped me to meet a wide variety of people not only in the local community, but surrounding region as well.

I am also still taking photos for the three papers, and it is wonderful to see my works being published and being seen by so many people. I love writing and taking photos, and I’m glad that I can combine the two. Although the photographs that I take now for the papers aren’t what I did while at Uni, I love that I have been able to see the side of photojournalism.

I really enjoy it.

Pilerrmatang Lerrk by Taylor Jurd

Pilerrmatang Lerrk by Taylor Jurd

Dandy Gorge 'Connections' by Taylor Jurd

Dandy Gorge ‘Connections’ by Taylor Jurd

Golden Fields Taylor Jurd

‘Golden Fields’ by Taylor Jurd

All artwork is copyright to the artist. Any reproductions without the artists consent will be seen in breach of copyright. To contact the artist phone 68 222 484

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