Rugby and rolling hills at Horsham Museum for Toby Phillips show Portraits made by Nature

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 January 2012
A black and white photo of a young man staring into the camera
© Toby Phillips
Exhibition: Portraits made by Nature, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, Horsham, until March 10 2012

Anyone intrigued by the unlikely combination of landscapes of the picturesque South Downs and portraits of rugby players in storage containers should head to Toby Phillips's show in Horsham.

The local photographer has pursued "hyper reality" in his explorations of man and terrain, using all the embellishments digital technology can offer to enhance his occasionally less-than-glamorous subjects, including eight portraits of Horsham Rugby Club players taken on a chilly morning for a charity calendar.

His views of the former hill fort at Chanctonbury Ring – an age-old favourite with walkers and historians – compare its domination of the area with the sway of a celebrity.

"Just as the star demands and expects the most flattering portraits and the reader demands the most revealing, the portraits of Chanctonbury Ring are both flattering and revealing," he adds.

  • Open 10am-5pm (closed Sunday). Admission free.
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