Adam Hill’s photos are well-known, especially those of the aurora borealis.
One of his images is even featured on a coin commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Despite that recognition, the Hay River photographer is still particularly excited about an exhibition of his work – Love, the Land: Photographs by Adam Hill – that recently opened at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife.
“This is the highest level that I’ve shown at,” he said. “In my opinion, it will probably be the highest I’ll ever show at.”
Hill explained it doesn’t get any bigger for a photographer in the NWT than to have an exhibition at the Northern Heritage Centre.
“It’s the pinnacle of it here for me,” he said.
The exhibition opened at the Northern Heritage Centre on April 16.
“I couldn’t be any more proud for them to even want my work there,” said Hill.
The exhibition started with 29 photographs, and a couple of more may be added.
Hill was at the launch of the exhibition on the Easter long weekend.
“I went up on the weekend to do a photo talk and then a photo walk,” he said. “I didn’t expect that many people to come out because it’s a long weekend and, when it’s a nice day out, it’s hard to get people into a museum or anywhere inside. But we had 15 people come out for that. As a programmer in the territories, I know that’s not bad at all. I’ll take that any day.”
Hill explained the background of each photo, and sometimes talked about the technique used to take the photo or the subject in the image.
“It’s a great variety of photos from many different regions in the territories from Ulukhaktok to Fort Smith,” he said.
Among other things, there are images of plants, wildlife such as owls and caribou, the pingos near Tuktoyaktuk, Alexander Falls and river rapids.
“And then, of course, the aurora,” said Hill. “Aurora is kind of where I’ve made my name. But they only put four or five in for aurora.”
As a community library literacy co-ordinator with the Library Services Division of the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Hill has travelled to many communities in the NWT.
“I’ve been really fortunate in my time here just to see so much,” he said. “I’ve been to a lot of places.”
There are 21 public libraries in communities all around the territories.
“I don’t get a lot of opportunities to photograph when I’m in there just because I work a lot when I’m there,” said Hill. “But whenever I have free time I’m usually out with the camera trying to capitalize on the light.”
Originally, Love, the Land: Photographs by Adam Hill was scheduled to run at the Northern Heritage Centre until September, but that has been extended to November.
“So I’m thrilled by that,” said Hill of the extended run for the exhibition. “That’s fantastic.”
The photographer has previously had 10 other shows of his work in Hay River, Yellowknife and his home region of Cape Breton.