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.

Secondary Stigmas

Posted by on May 25, 2016

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The first stigma is the medical label and experience of an illness or condition. The ‘secondary stigmas’ are the ones that follow and are mostly socially enforced.

In the series Secondary Stigmas (Living-room Lessons) the room plays out the experience of an epilepsy diagnosis. Impact on employment, emigration, driving and medication side-effects are some of the issues covered.

The series dates from 1993 and was shown within disability arts environments as well as ‘mainstream’ galleries and locations, including the European Parliament. This work predates the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and the latter Equality Act of 2010. What has changed with time and improvement of rights? Has the stigma in epilepsy dissipated or found new (or even old) outlets?

 

Personal Myths: Little Stories in Epilepsy

Posted by on May 24, 2016

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This is a page from inside the book Personal Myths: Little Stories in Epilepsy that I have put together. It will be part of an upcoming show “Beyond Epilepsy” in the Intermedia Gallery in the CCA and part of Glasgow Science Festival.

An image of my brain – the seat of my epileptic activity – and the cause of the misconceptions and prejudice that the book relays through the stories inside.


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

Representing Epilepsy: Secondary Stigmas

Posted by on May 21, 2016

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I’m quite excited to have received some prints back from the lab for an exhibition at the Intermedia Gallery at the CCA next month. The work deals in stigma experienced in epilepsy and is one of three projects I have contributed to a show on Art, History and Epilepsy.

A longer post will follow which talks about this work….pretty soon.

Raploch, Stirling, 1992

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016

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This image has always been a favourite of mine although it became edited out when I worked on ‘At Sixteen’ originally.

When asking if I could do his photo, this teenager became a little flustered about what to do with his cigarette and so stuck it behind his ear. I only got one shot, unfortunately before he turned away to take another drag.

The ‘At Sixteen’ archive is being scanned and updated and all images will be online (kinda) soon.

Just a photo # 1

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016

I’ve decided to start publishing more random images on the blog. Sometimes they will be something I have just shot that is sitting there not doing much at present and needs a home; sometimes it will be an image from the archive. Older images and snaps which just sat on the blog have been put in here too.

So kicking it off here’s ‘just a photo’.

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Andrea and The Children’s Wood

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016

Just over a year ago I photographed Andrea and wrote a story about her and her work with The Children’s Wood in Glasgow. In short, the Children’s Wood was developed by local residents on unused land and, as part of North Kelvin Meadow, grew into something quite amazing as a community resource. Just recently the land has come under threat again as plans to build housing on North Kelvin Meadow were approved. Under the photo, you can read the story about Andrea and her contribution to her community.

We start by crossing the River Kelvin and dipping a toe into Maryhill. Some call this area North Kelvinside, where residential developments of the late 19th century crossed the river and were established on old estates, just south of the growing burgh of Maryhill.

A couple of minutes walk takes us to the Children’s Wood where along with numerous other volunteers, Andrea helps children to have fun in the outdoors of their city. Work and learn, explore and play in a small patch of wild within an urban environment. Here, Andrea run classes in outdoor skills for children with groups coming from all over Maryhill and beyond.

Yet the Children’s Wood sits within contended land. Part of North Kelvin Meadow, local residents established an area for the community from old disused playing fields. For many locals, it is an important open green space comprising allotments, a community orchard, a wild meadow and a wood.

The Council want to sell off the meadow and build houses. Local residents want to keep their wild green land. They are opposing the Council, fighting to keep their much-loved – and used – space.

The Children’s Wood itself sits on an old tennis court, where nature seeps in, takes back and re-establishes itself from the built and the man-made. Outdoors, next to the tenements of Maryhill, children can run free, play free, climb trees and build dens. They learn skills known to previous generations of children but sometimes little used in today’s measured childhood experiences. They plant, cook on open fires, tell stories, look for birds and flowers, use tools to cut and to build, create and play.

In this little bit of wild in urban Maryhill, kids have fun and leave with experiences that will remain with them throughout life.

More info: The Children’s Wood Website