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.
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!
‘A stand out work is Margaret Mitchell’s In This Place, an intimate family documentary that also relates to huge social and political questions…. Stunning environmental portraits balance vulnerability and strength, and interior and exterior details of their homes reveal a sense of stasis, alternating between frustration and acceptance. A limited edition newsprint publication accompanies the work, and gallery visitors who don’t at least flip through it are missing out. Beautifully constructed text adds important nuances and background on these individual’s stories, relating them to wider questions of class, urban renewal, and as the artist says ‘choice -do we have choices in life or are some predetermined to an extent and made for us?’
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?
On Monday 13th June at 7pm in the CCA, Glasgow, I will be talking about my work on epilepsy made between 1993 and now. I will discuss (printed) media representation, stigma and myth within a broader context of photographic representation of disability (specifically epilepsy). I will frame this within a narrative of the responsibility of representation that photographers have and discuss how this work has informed my practice in general.