Transit: The exhibition capturing part of local life


From eating hot chips on the platform after school to rushing for that morning train to be on time for our first job in our brand-new outfits, many of us grew up with bustling Hornsby station at the centre of our lives. Now a new art exhibition is opening, that  documents the movement of people at Hornsby Station at different times of the day over a six month period.


When you live and work on the North Shore, you pass through the hub that is Hornsby  Station many times over, at all hours of the day (and sometimes night!). That means for many of us,  the sound of the trains on the tracks and the sight of the timetables ticking over to the next route can bring back potent memories of moments, now lost to time.

But a new exhibition, shot over a six-month period, captures some of those elusive moments, now forever frozen in time.

Transit is a fascinating photography exhibition that takes a look at life as it journeys through Hornsby Train Station.

Hornsby Station, at the Northern end of the Sydney Metropolitan region, is a hub connecting rail and bus commuters from the area and Central Coast and distributing them across Greater Sydney. Hornsby and surrounding suburbs also has a large migrant community. It is a vibrant place with a constant movement of people and cultures.

Transit reflects the various migratory patterns of people throughout the day and evening, movements that are emblematic of larger pattern of human migration. Through the medium of photography Nathalie Hartog Gautier has captured the fleeting, unregistered moments of the journey; the moment of a train passing, a second in time, in a day, in a month; acknowledgment of the recent past and anticipation of a future destination.

With photography, Nathalie Hartog Gautier captures fleeting, unregistered moments of  journey

About the artist

Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s work is focused on the voyage of people and the interaction between the environment they arrived in, and the ecology they bring with them. This allows her to explore the transformation, attachments and associations and in particular, the intersection between place, memory, and identity.

Over the years, she has developed projects addressing human connection and her own association and relationship with the landscape between France and Australia; France, the space of childhood and family and Australia where she lives and works.

Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s work explores the voyage of people

Transit reflects migratory patterns of people throughout the day and evening

Essential Details:

  • What: Presented as part of the 2019 Head On Photo Festival, Transit is a photography exhibition that captures life as it journeys through Hornsby Train Station
  • When: Tuesday 30 April – Sunday 12 May 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
    • Opening Night, Saturday 4 May 6.00pm – 8.00pm
    • Artist’s Talk, Sunday 12 May 2pm – 3pm
  • Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
  • Cost: Free
  • More details: Transit Exhibition



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