The Hill – Kate Bellis

The Hill – the story on one Derbyshire hill.

Kate Bellis was born in1969 and spent her childhood on a small farm in Devon. At the age of 17 she decided to leave this isolated rural environment and study photography at Nottingham trent University, from where she graduated in 1991 with a BA(Hons) degree.

Kate has published two books, ‘On The Edge’ (2001) and ‘Gathering’ (2005). Her images have been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, The Times, The Independent on Sunday and the American photo Review.

On Wednesday¬† 10th October Kate came to the club to tell a packed hall all about her fascinating project entitled ‘The Hill“. It was a great night – thanks to all who came along and helped to make the evening a success.

The hill of the project title rises to the north of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, and runs west and northwards to join the limestone plateau of the White Peak.

This part of the hill that we’re exploring is not in the Peak District, but then the Peak District boundaries seem to have been determined more by industry than geology. Here, industry is everywhere: from the huge quarries to the anonymous cages that cap narrow old shafts from nobody knows when.


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