Hill End

Dacchi Dang

Hill End artist in residence, Haefliger Cottage, 2002

While familiar with Beaufoy Merlin’s photographs of Hill End through his studies of historical photographic techniques, Dang approached Hill End as a purely abstract visual subject, reducing the trees, river, horizons and rooftops to a series of lines and shapes. His practice is deeply embedded in the technical constraints and possibilities of early and defunct photographic techniques and yet he creates contemporary interpretations of landscape. He is particularly interested in the disparity between so-called Eastern and Western traditional representations of landscape, creating an exploration of new country. He has sought to bring qualities of painting and drawing to this body of work. Each image in this Hill End series explores the process of discovering the landscape through the representation of different elements of the environment: the river, the road, the fences, and the entrance to the town.