I am delighted that six of my photos have been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland for their collection – two images from ‘Family‘ (1994) and four from ‘In This Place‘ (2016/7). It is a really nice selection from the projects which tells a story across three generations from my family. Weaving its way from my late sister Andrea, through her youngest daughter Chick and onto Chick’s daughter Leah.
Below you can see the selection from the projects made by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. Displayed first is Andrea holding a photograph of her children (including Chick) in front of her face back in 1994. An additional photo of the three children, slightly younger, can be seen on the wall behind her. Chick is then shown in the kitchen as a child in 1994 and then nowadays, as an adult, at the back of her flats. The next image shows Chick with her arms around her own daughter Leah. Finally the environment of Leah is pictured: firstly as a portrait of Leah out the back of the flats were she lives and then inside the flat, a photo of her pink room with the broken window. The boarded-up part of the window decorated with felt pen by Leah – to make it more beautiful, to make it fit in with her room, including the words “Leah ♡ Dadd”.
These six images succinctly convey a strand from my family’s story – a story that raises questions on choices in life and the influence of opportunity and environment on that choice.
The photos are included in the current show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery ‘When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood from the National Galleries of Scotland’ which is on until 13 May 2018.
I am completely thrilled and honoured to be announced as the Gold Award winner in the 160th edition of the RPS International Photography Exhibition. Four images from In This Place were selected for the award.
Congratulations to my fellow award winners and exhibitors.
The RPS IPE is the world’s longest running photographic exhibition. For the first time, all four medals, Gold, Under 30s Gold, Silver, and Bronze, have been awarded to photographers who entered photographic work from a series.
Glasgow based photographer Margaret Mitchell has won the Gold Award for her series of images entitled In This Place. Taken from an emotive portrait project focusing on Mitchell’s family, the images trace the lives of her sister’s children growing up in central Scotland, dealing with issues of family, loss and survival.
IPE 160 Selector, curator Zelda Cheatle, commented: “Margaret Mitchell’s images are made from the heart. They speak of this modern world we live in, there is a sincerity and depth of emotion to this work that resonates long beyond the initial view.”
There will be a touring exhibition which opens at The Old Truman Brewery as part of PHOTOBLOCK 13 – 16 October 2017, before continuing to other venues.
Thanks to St Andrews Photography Festival who are showing some of my work throughout the month of September 2017.
I popped up for the launch and had great chat with passing people as I was taking some pics of the work. There are 12 images from ‘In This Place’ on show along The Scores which overlooks the East Sands in the town. The full program can be seen on the festival’s website.
I am absolutely thrilled to find out I am a finalist in the Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 with a series of images from ‘In This Place’. This prize raises money for a great cause and I am honoured to have been selected as a finalist. Congratulations to all the finalists and those shortlisted for the awards, you can see all the work on the Renaissance website. The exhibition will take place at the Getty Images Gallery in London from the 10th – 21st October 2017.
I was thrilled to find out that my image of Steven was awarded 2nd Place in the single image category of ‘Defining Family’ at the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards.
The launch is on 9 September 2017, from 5 to 7pm with the exhibition running from 9th – 19th September 2017 at the Whitebox gallery, PUBLIKA in Kuala Lumpur.
It’s Nice That got in touch recently for an interview about In This Place and Family projects. Thanks to Rebecca Fulleylove who wrote a really nice piece on the work. Amongst other things I was asked about the challenges in doing the work as well as recounting what it was like to photograph my family back in 1994. For me this type of work – as most photography – carries a large amount of responsibility with it, in both representing correctly and involving throughout the people that are photographed.
That is a separate post in itself and one I’ll get round to writing as it is massively important to the way I work.
I was super excited to be asked for an interview with FotoRoom recently. It was especially interesting to be asked about how the two projects Family and In This Place relate and give some background to them both. Interesting questions from FotoRoom that made me reflect on the projects together.
One of my portraits from In This Place has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. The portrait is of Steven that I took in January 2017. I am really excited to be a finalist for this award whose theme this year is “Defining Family’.
Winners will be announced in mid July and the exhibition is on in September. I’ll post more details later. I also want to write about why having this particular photo shortlisted means a lot to me. That’s for my next post!