Work In Progress on Instagram

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

I very recently came back from doing more work on In This Place project and am scanning negatives at home to choose an edit before doing the final high res versions.

You can see a few of the ‘prescans’ of these new images over on my Instagram account.

Talk at Edinburgh Napier University

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

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.

It’s Nice That: Best of the Web

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

It was lovely (and a nice surprise) to see The Guisers feature on It’s Nice That’s Best of the Web on the 2nd December. A special mention to ‘Victorian Gentleman’ which you can see below.

I am looking forward to extending the project to nearly 40 images. Updates will be posted as the text from participants is completed.

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Documenting Britain on Instagram

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016

My work from The Guisers series has been featured in Documenting Britain’s Instagram. As well as the work with text available here on the website, additional and new preview images of even more lovely guisers can be seen.

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Facebook Page

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

I’ve opened up a Facebook page with my work, news and stuff on it. If Facebook is your thing you can find me over there.

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The Guisers Project

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016

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’

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In This Place

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016
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Leah on Top of the Hill photographed in 2016

These two photos show a mother and a daughter over the space of more than 20 years. In 1994 I made a series of work entitled Family, the full set of images can be viewed on the website. The image above is from an ongoing project In This Place which catches up with the children in the original series to tell their current stories.  More work will be posted soon.

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Leah’s mother as a child from the work ‘Family’ photographed in 1994

Talk See Photography

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016

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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.

CCA Exhibition

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016

Installation photos from the exhibition on at the CCA Intermedia Gallery. Three pieces of work made up the show, Secondary Stigmas (prints), The Media Epileptic (newspaper) and Personal Myths (book).

Thu 9 June – Sun 19 June 2016
Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12noon-6pm // Free
Preview: Wed 8 Jun, 6pm-8pm

Personal Myths Booklets

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016

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To accompany the ‘Personal Myths:Little Stories in Epilepsy’ exhibition book there are also smaller (21cm) softback booklets available. Just drop me an email if you want more info.