I am delighted that a series of images from 'In This Place' was 2nd Place in Contemporary Issues at the Sony World Photography Awards. The exhibition is on at Somerset House in London until the 6th May 2018 showing work from across all the awards. In This Place looks at how life has turned out for my late sister’s children and grandchildren. It traces their loves and losses and offers a broader commentary on Scotland and social inequality. I hope viewers will be left with some questions about how society operates, about the role of opportunity and environment, about issues around (in)equality.
I was interviewed about my work shortlisted in the Sony World Photography Awards for the Art Bahrain magazine. Here's a few photos of the Spring|Summer 18 edition - the interview is also available online.
"I hope that people will look at the project in two ways. Firstly, at the lives that are lived and the individuals in the images. That they see the love, the connection, the resilience but also see the loss, the difficulty. Secondly, I hope viewers will be left with some questions about how society operates, about the role of opportunity and environment, about issues around (in)equality."
I'm delighted that work from 'In This Place' is shortlisted in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards in the Professional Category: Contemporary Issues. Finalists and winners will be announced at the awards night on the 19th of April 2018 with the exhibition opening at Somerset House in London from April 20th. I will be joining Mike Trow, Nick Dolding and Tim Cornbill to talk about the awards at The Photography Show in Birmingham on the 18th March.
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.
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.
I attended the opening of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery this week. One of my images was selected for the show and I was delighted to attend both the opening and press preview over a couple of days whilst down in London. The show is at the National Portrait Gallery until the 22nd February 2015 and then tours to the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield from 1st May – 16th August 2015.
I am honoured to have my image on show alongside, on the left, the 1st Prize winner David Titlow with his Caravaggio-esque scene and, on the right, the Euromaidan Protesters by Tom Jamieson.
My own image reflects on the nature of boys and childhood. Without the text, the image shows a boy and a stick-gun. He is paused mid-play from a "battling" game that most boys engage in - making their weapons from sticks, lego, fingers... anything really. With the exhibition text, supplied after selection, the viewer learns that this play concerns the fictionalising of real life events; in this instance, the game was called "World War III, Russia versus Ukraine". A weaving in of the real into the fantasy scenarios of childhood play.
It's a really interesting and diverse show with work from 59 photographers displaying different approaches to the photographic portrait. Congratulations to the winners and fellow exhibitors, it was a pleasure to meet and chat to so many of you.