IF you missed A View From The Hill, the exhibition of Matilda Temperley’s photography at Somerset Rural Life Museum, earlier this year, there is a second opportunity to see this beautiful and evocative portrait of Somerset rural life at Weston Museum, Weston-super-Mare, where it is on until 12th January 2020.
The Somerset-born documentary and fashion photographer, who is often found making cider at her family’s Somerset Cider Brandy business, has an international reputation for her diverse and thought-provoking work, which includes documenting the lives of marginalised people and photographing colourful and exotic circus and burlesque performers.
A View From the Hill is a commission from the South West Heritage Trust, which also includes a book and documentary film, Matilda has explored the people and places that are close to her heart, from Tinkers Bubble, a sustainable off-grid community near Crewkerne, to cheesemaker Tom Calver at Westcombe.
The photographs include portraits, breathtaking landscapes and profoundly moving and sometimes humorous pictures of a wide range of lives and traditional skills.
Matilda’s work has been published in internationally recognised newspapers and magazines and her books include Under The Surface – Somerset Floods, which won the Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden Award in 2015.
Pictured: Beltane celebrations.