John HilliardLangdale Fell, Motion Frozen/Frozen Motion 1979

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Artist
John Hilliard (born 1945)
Title
Langdale Fell, Motion Frozen/Frozen Motion
Date 1979
MediumPhotograph, black and white, on board and transfer lettering
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 746 x 1041 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03079
Not on display

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This work represents two views of a partially frozen waterfall discovered by the artist in the Langdale Valley, Cumbria. In order to photograph the left-hand panel, ‘frozen motion’, the camera was fully focused and held in a fixed position, so that the flowing water registered as a blur, while the ice adjacent to it was clearly recorded. For the right-hand panel, Hilliard tried to imitate with a hand-held camera what appeared to be the speed of the flowing water. The result is that the frozen section of the waterfall registers as a blur while the moving water is arrested.

February 2010

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