Paul Hill. White Peak Dark Peak (1979-89)
Hill's photographs position him among those land artists, from Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton to Richard Long, whose special relationship with the land lie at the heart of their aesthetic. - Lewis Baltz
After living and walking in the Peak District of Derbyshire for five years, Paul Hill decided to use the immediate landscape around his home to explore his relationship with the area and to see if, by using a small format camera and a mid-grey tonal range, he could create a 'different' landscape photography aesthetic. The fine detail and tonality of images made with large format cameras would be challenged by a more 'gritty', gestural approach that used a similar strategy of framing and vantage point begun in Prenotations 1974-1978.