London-based landscape photographer, Tim Hall, recently exhibited his ‘Montenegro Landscapes’ fine art photography exhibition at Lu š tica Bay.
Here’s a Q&A with the man behind showcasing the stunning images from the depths of Montenegro’s mountains
Tell us a little bit about your photography background
My passion for photography started on my 18th birthday. One of my gifts was a camera, and from that day onwards I fell in love with capturing moments.
I then studied History of Art at University and interned for an amazing music photographer, David Redfern. He taught me the basic photography techniques, how to shoot live concerts and darkroom printing.
After graduating, I kick-started my career, focused on producing travel imagery, and started my journey as a photographer in Asia making coffee table books about Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. After that, I decided to settle in Hong Kong for 7 years, and had a great time working for Time, Conde Nast Traveller, Telegraph and Times magazines.
After many years travelling around the world, I decided that the area of photography I wanted to specialise in was fine art photography. I created a series of people portraits of locals in Hong Kong, and my work began to be exhibited in galleries all around the world. I now present a new collection every year based on landscape, travel and people themes.
What was the inspiration behind the ‘Montenegro Landscapes’ fine art photography exhibition?
I’ve travelled to Montenegro various times over the last 5 years and I’ve always admired the culture, breath-taking sea views and the iconic landscapes. The ‘Montenegro Landscapes’ exhibition is a selection of the best shots I took on my journey across the beautiful land.
Please could you tell us more about your visit to Montenegro, and your highlights and favourite areas?
Montenegro is truly a beautiful coastal destination. One of my highlights would be visiting the Durmitor National Park, and climbing the peaks of the Durmitor Mountain. I also enjoyed the beautiful scenery by the Tara River Canyon, and the breathtaking beaches along the Adriatic coastline.
You work closely with London-based interior design studios, Mlinaric Henry & Zervudachi. How did this partnership come about?
Tino from Mlinaric Henry & Zervudachi was very fond of my work, so he got in touch with me to work with him on a project called The Aurelio in Lech, and wanted me to take pictures of the Arlberg Mountains. They ended up using 200 pictures that still grace their walls today. Since then we have remained in touch, and have done several projects together.
What challenges did you face when collating the photography together for the Montenegro Landscapes exhibition?
The most challenging part was to narrow down a big batch of images for the exhibition. It took a lot of time to select the right images that would be of interest to Montenegro homeowners. I knew the seascapes would be quite popular, as most people love the calm colours of the sea.
When you first visited Lu š tica Bay and the surrounding area, what were your initial thoughts?
When I first visited in 2011, I immediately thought, ‘wow, it’s huge’! At first, I was a bit worried I would get lost, but I quickly got use to the roads. I was completely blown away by the beautiful bay, the clear blue ocean and the amazing view on top of the hill. I have travelled to various destinations, and it was hard to find a pristine location anywhere in the world these days, so when I visited Luštica Bay, I found it a wonderful place to relax, unwind and reflect.
For over 20 years now, your photography has been exhibited in contemporary art galleries across Europe, South East Asia and the USA. Which one of these galleries is your favourite one, and why?
It’s hard to pick one, but I love the Tasveer gallery in Bangalore, which is owned by my good friend Abishek Poddar. A very contemporary Corbusier type space and I sold over 60 works in one show, so he gets my vote!
You’re also an avid traveller and have photographed some of the world’s most breath-taking locations. Is there a particular memory that stands out?
My first visit to Burma in the 90s was magical. It was like no place I’ve ever visited before, and a truly a fantastic hidden gem in Asia. The country is full of amazing people, temples and traditions. The beautiful landscapes of Montenegro really took me by surprise and I’ve got great memories of my stay in Luštica Bay.
As a Brit, why do you think Montenegro and the surrounding Balkan countries is becoming such a popular tourist destination?
It’s got a familiar mix of Italy and Greece, two popular European holiday destinations. I’m glad to see that Montenegro is finally being recognised for its rich authentic food, fantastic scenery and great city attractions!
If you could name one thing you love about Lu š tica Bay and Montenegro, what would it be, and why?
The view from the top of the golf course! It’s a really peaceful and relaxing space, and I could sit there all day!
You can take a look at the images presented during Tim Hall’s exhibition here: