Exhibiting at the International Festival Pil’Ours

red headed girl with book stargazes under fairy light night sky curtains I’m absolutely delighted to share that Poppet from my Night Circus series will be on display as part of the Time to Think Exhibition, a partnership between the international photography Festival Pil’Ours  and Shutterhub.

If you find yourself near Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France take some time to explore the festival and exhibit which features work from 145 female identifying photographers from 15 different countries.

Exhibition Runs:  01 July – 31 August 2019      

 

For more Night Circus portraits go to the project page and check out a behind the scenes look at making Poppet’s portrait. I’m looking a new costume designer/stylist for the next portraits so please get in touch if you’d like to hear more or think you might be interested.

Images from This Land is our Land on tour this summer

edinburgh documentary photography

I’m very excited to have a few images from the This Land is our Land on-going project being displayed as part of the Past Forward: Stories of Scotland’s Urban Past programme from Historic Environment Scotland. The exhibition is travelling throughout the summer with the following dates and locations.

Summerhall, Edinburgh until the 31st May

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh from 29th June- 27th July

South Block, Glasgow from 2nd-27th August

 

 

Photographic year in review

While starting to look ahead to 2019 I also took a wee look back at 2018 which despite happenings in the wider world, was a pretty exciting one for me. I kicked off the year with the second of my Night Circus portraits. Where Poppet looks to the future, Widget works with memory, reading the past.

In February James and I headed off to visit the Isle of Arran and experienced true island living when the beast from the east shut down the ferries and we [tragically] had to spend another day on the lovely island.


Throughout the year I continued my visits to the Granton Castle Walled Garden  a truly special place growing plants and community in North Edinburgh. I feel privileged to be helping tell the story of this next chapter in its life and was thrilled to have some of my images included in the Edinburgh Shoreline Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden over the summer.

granton castle walled garden

stacks of freshly harvested garlic

To celebrate my 35th birthday my friend Aurelia and I hopped on bikes and toured around the Kintyre Peninsula and inner Hebrides. The highlight for me was visiting Finlaggen, historic seat of the Lord of the Isles.

August brought adventure of a very different kind as I headed off to Malmo, Sweden to present at the International Degrowth Conference hosted in Malmo’s famous Folkets parks. My presentation was a success but I left with even more questions than I started off with!

With that challenge accomplished it was time for some holiday, destination: North. I’ve wanted to visit Orkney and Shetland for over a decade and while we wouldn’t be going all the way to Shetland on this trip there was a wee cottage in Stromness with our name on it. After just over a week of battling the fierce winds on our bikes, touring the hear of neolithic Scotland and curling up watching £1 DVDs from the charity shop down the lane it was off home again.

Stromness nooks and crannies

blue cottage

And straight into photographing for the Beltane Fire Society’s autumn festival of Samhuinn.

Samhuinn Fire Festival 2018

Beltane and Samhuinn, the two major festivals put on by the society are both strong draws for me. While the society has to manage the balance between professional production and community ritual and celebration I feel the latter still wins out. To me they are a reminder and celebration of the cycles of nature, something we need more than ever as humankind struggles to rebalance itself within our habitat’s natural boundaries. Photographing for the festival was a challenge and it was not without huge amounts of stress and frustration but I have come out the other side a more skilled photographer for it.

Samhuinn Fire Festival 2018

Come November it was counting the days until Christmas and trip to see the family in the Sussex countryside with time for reflection and planning ahead.

Happy Hogmanay!