"Arriving in Linz, Hyland is immediately drawn to the Danube River, its sparkling waters weave through the city centre and today, a Sunday, they are awash with people relaxing in the early evening sun.
'The people along these banks have all come from different places, to see them together, at leisure, is what immediately became of interest here,' she says. Separately, Hyland’s photographs exist as compelling portraits of a range of individuals; together, they stand as a reflection of Linz's social diversity. But, the people collected along the banks of the Danube River also represent something else. They are emblematic of the universal human desire to escape the monotony of everyday life. 'That is why I enjoy documenting tourism and leisure more generally,' explains Hyland, 'it is a unique time when people come together to relax, enjoy themselves and find a moment of release'.”