By Ellen Hill for Deep Hill Media Photo: David Hill
A photographic exhibition at Woodford Academy, a National Trust property, in September will lay bare the soul of the oldest collection buildings in the Blue Mountains, revealing the colourful history which played out on the property.
The collection of black and white images by Blue Mountains photojournalist David Hill gives a revealing interpretation of the collection of buildings which makes up Woodford Academy in the mid-mountains village.
Based at Springwood, Mr Hill is a former newspaper photojournalist with a unique eye for poignant architectural, human and landscape portraiture.
“I’m always in search of depth and soul and try to make an emotional connection beyond the superficial with every subject, whether it be food on a plate, a person with a story to tell, light on a landscape or an architectural work like Woodford Academy,’’ he said.
“Life is a continuous stream of fleeting nuances and it’s a constant challenge to capture as many as I can.
“The use of black and white photography to capture the essence of Woodford Academy made sense for me because the land and the buildings have a complex past, influenced by so many events and characters and black and white printing tends to show more subtlety and tone without the distraction of colour.
“Hopefully my interpretation of Woodford Academy reflects the many shades of grey between the contrasting black and white tones.’’
Mr Hill also photographed the property at night to capture another dimension of its character.
“The pop of the streetlight and the slick new highway running next to this stoic sandstone old timer is such a juxtaposition yet is so in keeping with how our modern community lives alongside and within such tangible reminders of the past.
“Woodford Academy is not just a few old buildings on the side of the highway – it is a living entity that has a story to tell and a relevance to us today, and the volunteer management committee is doing an excellent job in ensuring that story is told and exploring ways in which to realise that relevance locally and nationally.’’
Woodford Academy Management Committee deputy chair Elizabeth Burgess said: “We were fortunate to have David Hill photograph the Academy a few years ago. The committee was overwhelmed by the beauty of David’s striking, highly detailed black and white photographs.
“We are greatly looking forward to presenting these stunning photographs of the Blue Mountains oldest building for our September open days in conjunction with the annual Hazelbrook/Woodford Garden Festival.’’
Shades of Woodford Academy will be on display at Woodford Academy, 90-92 Great Western Hwy, Woodford (on street parking available on Woodford Ave), from 10am to 4pm Saturday, September 10 and 17, and 12pm to 4pm Sunday, September 11 and 18. Meet photojournalist David Hill from 1pm – 2pm on Saturday, September 10. Photographs included in the exhibition will be for sale each Saturday.
Museum/exhibition entry: $6 adult, $4 concession, $15 family (2 adults, 2 children). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show Photos: David Hill
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Blue Mountains art show at Springwood from August 26 to 28.
The first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains, which helped establish the Blue Mountains’ reputation as an arts hub and recognised “city of the arts’’, will once again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area.
Held at Springwood High School and co-ordinated by the Parents & Citizens Association (P&C), the event directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales including admission, café, raffle and artworks used to buy educational resources.
Art show committee member Xandro Lombardi said: “The art show is a great expression of community inclusion and is particularly appropriate for us because the Blue Mountains community welcomes visitors from all over the world every day.
“Not only is it a fantastic indoor activity option, the art show is an opportunity to invest in affordable quality art and explore the lower Blue Mountains (we’re just around the corner from Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, the Corridor of Oaks trees planted by our prime ministers and the grave of Sir Henry Parkes, the `Father of Federation’).’’
P&C president Philip Crosse said: “Thank you in advance for supporting our children. It is an added bonus that the art show fits nicely with the wider community interest in the arts.’’
Visitors can snag a world-class piece from a mature artist or make a shrewd long-term investment with an artwork from fresh talent, selecting from approximately 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists. The art show also includes a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.
School principal Dr Mark Howie urged visitors to pay special attention to the many talented student artworks: “Sales of student works have routinely been part of the art show over the past 40 years.’’
The Springwood Art Show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 26 to 28, with an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities and a café throughout the weekend.
Go to www.springwoodartshow.org.au for more information.