Article on It’s Nice That

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017

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.

Interview with FotoRoom

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

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.

In This Place featured on Il Post

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017

Il Post got in touch recently to feature In This Place on their site. You can see some of the images with background text:  Come cambia una famiglia

Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

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!

 

PhMuseum Photographer of the Day

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

It was a lovely surprise to wake up, drink some coffee and find out I was photographer of the day over at the Photographic Museum of Humanity – PHMuseum.

You can see my profile on their website and please take some time to explore all the great stories they feature.

LensCulture Portrait Awards

Posted by on May 15, 2017

I was thrilled to find out I was a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017. The work I put in for it was from my series In This Place. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

 

Firecracker Featured Photographer

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017

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: Photographies from Scotland

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

Work from In This Place will be in the show Ambit: Photographies from Scotland from the 

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?

Interview on Document Scotland

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

Stephen McLaren interviewed me for the Document Scotland blog recently, talking about my current work In This Place and the project Family that preceded it by over 20 years.

You can check it out over on their website.


The Story Portrait

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

Credits for Image Details are left to right: Peter Zelewski, David Severn and Judy Gelles.


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.