In January I had the pleasure to work with Mica and Jo on the photography for their new Wool Tribe magazine. This magazine was to accompany their incredible event, The Edinburgh Yarn Festival, which runs each year in March at the Corn Exchange.
Our photo location was Calton Hill in Edinburgh which provides excellent views to the surrounding city and this was especially important to show off to viewers who would be travelling from abroad in March to the Yarn Festival. What was at first a promising sunny Saturday morning soon became a windy, cold and overcast day however with Mica’s car full of knitwear we were fully equipped.
My brief was to photograph 6 pieces of knitwear on our lovely model Becky who is a enthusiastic knitter herself. The patterns for each piece are available in the final magazine which can be purchased here.
Last month I held my first exhibition at Gallery 17, along with 4 other fellow photographers. Four months previously, the team decided to create work surrounding the theories and practices of 19th century medicine. As a historical hot spot for medicine, Edinburgh was the perfect location for our chosen theme.
My project consisted of making 9 photograms. This was particularly daunting at first considering I had never created a photogram before. A photogram is made by placing an object on top of light sensitive paper and then exposing the paper to artificial light for a certain amount of time. My exposure times lasted up to 30 seconds but the exposure differed on each photogram depending on how thick the material was. The image created is essentially the shadow of the objects. What photograms often show is how light travels through and around objects as well as where it reflects. The results can be incredibly beautiful and can almost fully replicate the object itself as if it were just a photograph. In my initial experimentation I used a tea spoon and the photogram replicated the object itself almost entirely. It looked exactly like a photograph because of how light had reflected on the surface.
A very similar process was used in the 19th century to document various botanical specimens and so I decided to use this technique to creatively record objects that looked as if they were medical specimens.
The exhibition ran for a week and we had an incredibly joyful time talking to visitors and learning about their insight into medical history. The ability to encourage conversation is possibly one of the most satisfying things my photography can do.
Last October, Grosvenor and Springside commissioned Edinburgh Napier Photography Students to document Fountainbridge and its people. I spent a weekend walking around Fountainbridge to capture the daily life within the area. Having lived there for the previous academic year I knew all the right areas to go to. The sun was shining but rain clouds passed often so myself and fellow photographer Malena Persson stood under the bridges on the union canal to shelter. Having spent some time organising ourselves I decided to approach a man washing down his barge which had been drenched in the rain. Alistair was a funny and charismatic guy. In an entirely humorous way he told us about how he had been awoken the night before by a ‘drunk youth’ who had collapsed on his boat.
A couple of weeks later, my photograph of Alistair tending to his boat and another photograph of a memorial walkway leading up to Fountainpark was chosen to be part of the large billboard display that illustrated the present times in Fountainbridge.
The Edinburgh Evening News took interest in the display this month and so a photographer met myself and 2 other winners to capture this rather awkward photograph that was then published in the newspaper. Having felt like I spent most of that time in the snow/rain keeping my face straight towards the camera and smiling like a barbie doll the editor managed to choose the one image where I was flicking my hair off my face.
Anyway it was a rather exciting week because the next evening I was on STV Edinburgh talking about the work. That was a very exciting night but I think I definitely prefer being behind the camera….