Highway of Thought Photographs by David Hilliard

Highway of Thought Photographs by David Hilliard

Superheroes, 2008

David Hilliard’s multiple paneled, panoramic photographs explore issues of masculinity and capture a range of cross generational experiences—from childhood insecurities and the awkwardness of adolescence, to the complexities of manhood. On the road to self discovery, Hilliard’s subjects encounter a series of physical and emotional tests. While the images vary from a cluttered basement to colorful country fairs, the majority of the works reveal the photographer’s connection to landscape and nature.

The settings of several of the images are located on scenic lakes in Maine, in rustic cabins and summer retreats. These natural environments are the backdrop for exploring the intricacies of relationships and self identity. The father/son relationship, which has been a recurrent theme throughout Hilliard’s career, is the subject of several compositions in the exhibition. These emotionally charged photographs attest to the strength of familial bonds, respect despite individual differences, and the inevitability of aging.

David Hilliard received his MFA from Yale University and has taught at Harvard University, Yale University and the Massachusetts College of Art. His photographs are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others.

David Hilliard
Rock Bottom, 2008
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