12 August 2016
Barbara Hill ARPS passed away on 13 July 2016 aged 78, after losing her long battle with cancer. She was the dearly loved wife and soulmate of her husband and fellow photographer Rowland and will be sadly missed by all the family. She was a very thoughtful and caring person always considering others before herself and someone you could confide in knowing that you would always get the truth. She was quick to praise the achievements of others but never expected to receive any in return.
Barbara was born in the district of Birmingham; however, many of her early years, along with her younger brother, were spent living in a mansion in Gogerddan, located in Aberystwyth in Wales, where her mother was employed as a cook and her father the butler. An experience most of us can only imagine and a world away from the urban streets of Birmingham at that time.
In her youth Barbara did voluntary work for the Red Cross in Birmingham and later worked for Age Concern. Towards the end of her career she worked at the Job Centre helping Job Seekers with interview techniques and preparation of CV’s. Her final employment was in the training department of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. Barbara met her husband Rowland 32 years ago while on holiday in Italy, where they discovered they both had a keen interest in photography and were married shortly afterwards. They joined Scunthorpe Camera Club, where Barbara became Programme Secretary for a number of years and later, due to Rowland’s work commitments, joined RB Camera Club in Lincoln. When Barbara and her husband retired they travelled extensively around the world, always choosing destinations with photography in mind.
Barbara was very artistic, obtaining a Degree in Three Dimensional Art at Birmingham University, which included ceramics, textiles and glass making and this creativity, was evident throughout her photographic work where she, along with her husband, gained their Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2001, in Visual Art. Barbara was a very modest person saying little about her own photographic achievements which, over the years, included a host of medals and awards from PSA, FIAP, RPS, London Salon and PAGB.
For many years Barbara and Rowland judged and gave joint lectures in the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation of The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. She had no secrets and was always willing to share her techniques and offer encouragement and help to those new to photography. Before the digital era, Barbara was a keen darkroom worker, producing colour and monochrome prints. She later embraced a digital work flow but always valued her earlier darkroom training. She had a keen eye for composition and was able to combine her in-camera photographic skills with post production techniques to great effect. Barbara gained the love and respect of everyone she knew and will always be remembered with great affection.
Images: © Barbara Hill ARPS