I am delighted to have been chosen by Firecracker to be April’s featured photographer. Founded by Fiona Rogers, Firecracker is a fantastic platform supporting women photographers in their practice. I am both honoured and delighted to have work featured from both Family and In this Place.
Ambit is a new partnership between Street Level Photoworks and Stills, Scotland’s public venues dedicated to photography. The exhibition will be presented across both venues as a joint venture embracing some of the current tendencies and innovative talent from the art photography sector in Scotland.
Margaret Mitchell‘s In This Place looks at family and home, connections and place and touches on issues of social and personal inertia. Behind a personal familial connection sits a larger narrative of social mobility, environment and choice. Do we have choices in life or are some predetermined to an extent and made for us?
Fundamentally, this is a story of people’s lives: what they do and what they want. Where the ‘place’ is both mental and physical: where we put ourselves and where we are put, sometimes by others and sometimes by circumstance. What puts us there, what keeps us there, and do we want to be there?
I love (most) web stuff, I love photography, I really love portraiture. I also like to know why photographers choose the people to photograph that they do; what the story is behind the work; the ideas we do not see sometimes when the work is shared, printed and exhibited.
So I started up an online journal where I ask for contributions from photographers of a portrait and a story. This has been in my planning bit of my brain for a long time so I am very happy to have it launched. I am very grateful to those who are generously contributing and sending me their story and image.
It is just started so you can check out the great stories there to date and follow the website on Facebook where I’ll post new stories as they are submitted. You can also read a little on why I am doing this over on The Story Portrait website. Thanks to everyone who has agreed to take part so far.
I will be giving a talk at Edinburgh Napier University on Tuesday the 24th January 2017 at 5:30pm at Merchiston Campus. I graduated myself from Napier in 1994 and am thrilled to be going back as part of their Creative Lecture Series.
I am looking forward to extending the project to nearly 40 images. Updates will be posted as the text from participants is completed.
I’ve been working on ‘The Guisers’ Project for a little bit recently. A guiser is a child who at Halloween goes around the neighbours’ doors and in return for ‘a turn’ (a party-piece involving a song, joke, dance, mini-play etc) gets some sweets and fruit usually. Many people don’t realise this still happens in Scotland and think that it is all ‘trick or treat’ which is from the U.S.
Guising predates the American version and this tradition was taken to the U.S. by immigrants from various Celtic origins, and along with other cultural influences became the American ‘trick or treat’.
A guiser is “in disguise” and in this project the children and young teens present themselves in their costumes and share their thoughts on why they chose to dress up as they did.
The minds of children are fascinating as they grow and develop their sense of self and this project allows the children to also have a voice.
The images were all taken at Halloween, just before the participants left to go out guising. More is planned for 2016 so check back for an expanded project soon.
See ‘The Guisers’