In an exhibition titled Escape, British fine arts photographer Tim Hall has put together select images of landscapes that he took in the course of three separate projects categorized as mountains, seascapes and deserts.
Hall began his career by taking pictures of musicians but, having met and photographed some amazing musicians, he began to feel that shooting live music was limiting. He moved to clicking portraits and has been working with landscapes for over five years now.
Expanse: Merzouga Dunes, a work on display at the show
In Escape, Hall attempts to blur the lines between art and photography. “I am influenced by painters such as Rothko and Turner, especially in the seascapes and mountain works. My work takes on a painterly aesthetic through the use of a muted film type and printing the images on to watercolour paper,” writes Hall over email, adding that collectors, especially those in the UK and US, are opening up to the idea of buying photographs as art.
The perspective in Hall’s images is classic but there is a freshness about them that draws you. The monumentality of hills, dunes and sky stands out, lending majesty and a mix of dynamism and serenity. “The power and scale of these mountains was quite overwhelming. There is a wonderful silence high up in the hills and it (is), quite literally, breathtaking,” says Hall. “I wanted to try to capture this sense of power that I experienced as well as to convey the moments of quiet.”
Tim Hall’s exhibition Escape is on show at Tasveer Gallery, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, Bangalore, from 5-26 June. Prints are priced at Rs37,500 onwards.