Kelly Hill’s ‘In the cities’ project was short-listed for the prestigious Terry O’Neill Award, received an Art’s Council / Rhubarb Rhubarb Bursary and was exhibited at Flowers Gallery East. The work considers the relationship between photography and painting, with reference to chiaroscuro light, the symbolism of objects and the space that exists between reality and perception. Kelly is interested in chance encounters, the merging of fact and fiction and the discovery of the magical in the mundane.
Kelly’s portraiture has developed over the past twenty years.
Her approach has been described as ‘always personal, making the work both delicate and accessible. As an image maker her style is fluid and poetic which results in intriguing tableau of contemporary life. The work is suggestive without ever speaking too loudly’.
Lacuna - an unfilled space; a gap
Work in progress
I have collaborated with Exploration Architecture for several years on the curation and production of visual materials for exhibition, web and film projects.
In 2014 Exploration was invited by The Architecture Foundation to design the first solo exhibition of their work in Central London. Four ground breaking projects were presented - The Biomimetic Office, The Mountain Data Centre, The Sahara Forest Project and The BioRock Pavilion - together with a large collection of biological specimens that have inspired the work.
The over-arching aim was to convey the breadth that biomimicry offers as a design discipline – from radically rethinking existing building types to envisioning new concepts and innovative approaches to addressing the major challenges of our age.
The projects were displayed on 3D printed tables, designed using SKO software – a computer programme based on the adaptive growth patterns of trees and bones. The tables demonstrated the potential that 3D printing offers in achieving radical increases in resource efficiency.
Four specially made films - available on the Architecture Foundation’s Vimeo channel - about each of the projects offer further insights into the team's design approach. Wall displays described a wide variety of biomimetic solutions that have been applied in architecture and other fields of design.
Client / co-curator – The Architecture Foundation
Architect / co-curator – Exploration
Headline sponsor – Interface
In-kind sponsors – Ultimaker, Lukas Oehmigan
Photographer / Film producer – Kelly Hill Photography
Lighting consultant – Michael Grubb Studio
A point of transition between two different states
I have been photographing teenagers for many years and have a particular interest in this transitional period between childhood and adulthood.
I work with schools on producing natural portraits of children in classrooms and in the playground, learning and playing throughout the school day. The material is used for branding and promotional materials for the schools.
My journey into magic realism led me to study Wim Wenders, Wing’s of Desire. The film is an atmospheric and reflective mood piece that relates more to music and poetry than the structure of a conventional film or novel. In the film Wenders would have his audience savor the details of a pedestrian existence and the inherent beauty of everyday experiences. The opening sequence resonated with my own project – the children in the city can see the angels who gently observe the community, the poem ‘When the child’ touches on the elements I wanted to communicate – the lightness of being a child, imaginative play, fantasy inspired by the everyday, inhibition, daydream, curiosity, intelligence and a sense of the ‘envelope of time’.
This project explored recurring themes in my work - the notion of crossing a threshold into a private realm, the tension that exists between what is real and what is imagined, and the creation of a personal space where individuals fashion work that contributes to a wider society.
In 2012 I spent time observing the private worlds of a Composer, an Artist and a retired Architect. All were Camden residents - experts at juggling the domestic with a creative life and each embedded in the local community.
The resulting material was edited into a series of books, each of which told a very personal story about the individual and the worlds in which they inhabit.
The mood is atmospheric and reflective, savouring the details of a quotidian existence and the inherent beauty of everyday experiences.
The books were exhibited as part of an exhibition curated by Millennium Images with the following artists:
'David was born in Great Yarmouth between the Norfolk Broads and the depositional sand spit formed from tides divided by the blunt nose of Norfolk. Spending his childhood in Lowestoft from the age of seven, David must have witnessed the steady decline of the herring fleets, and the gradual silting-up of the harbour and degradation of its quayside. He was always wistful in his relationship to such places, whether it was a student site at Rotherhithe or Tenby or his school at Gravesend. His teaching was always grounded in his own experience, whether from architectural practice or a familiar landscape.'
from David Gray: a life of architecture, landscape and friendship by Peter Salter, professor of architectural design at the Welsh School of Architecture