‘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?’
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.