This weekend I am going to have an open studio here at Summerhall as part of Doors Open weekend. Please do come and have a look around at the amazing building and come and say hello in my studio through in the far courtyard.
I shot a couple of portraits for publicity for the Exhibitions at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. There were only a few of the many artists exhibiting available to pose but I photographed William Latham, in front of one of his projections, which are kind of morpheus organic shapes which react to the audience. Gerry Loose and Morven Gregor are two of the artists in the Sylva Caledonia Exhibitions the are part of the Carbeth Hutters and produce some interesting text and nature based work. Julia Malle was commissioned by Summerhall and the Edinburgh International Science Festival to create a new piece of work in the foyer of Summerhall.
Last Summer I did a shoot for Perch Creek a visiting band from down under who were performing at La Clique in the Spiegeltent during last summer’s Edinburgh Festival. Made up of brothers and sisters from the same family and James who goes out with Camila they made up a lovely bunch of guys and we have a brilliant morning. They wanted to do the shoot with a white background but had this idea of being angular. I wanted to get away from the white background being so prevalent so suggested that we took all the kit to an outside location. We needed to have something that was not too far from the car as there was quite a lot of kit and instruments and some flooring to put the band on. We opted for my back garden which actually was perfect and made life much easier. With Jack the Dog.
Hair and Makeup by Jo from Glam Candy.
Assistant: Jonny Reynolds.
Empowerment is Orkidstudio’s exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Orkid commissioned me to take a series of portraits during their build of a new school for the Swawou School Foundation in Kenema, Sierra Leone. I photographed and interviewed a whole cross section of people who were affected by the build, from pupils at the school, workers on site and architecture student volunteers there to help with the build and exchange skills with the local tradesmen. Some of the resulting portraits and also my documentation of the build form part of Orkid’s new exhibition “Empowerment – Social change through building” at the Lighthouse in Glasgow along side many of Orkidstudios other projects.
I took 47 portraits in total, all of them can be viewed at the front of my website with the invaluable help from Musa Konneh, one of the kindest gentlemen you could find.
4 days after we left the 4 bodies of people who had sadly died of Ebola, where bought in to Kenema hospital and the pandemic exploded. It closed all the schools in the country and halted the build for the school, which is now looking slightly overgrown, but Orkid will get back there and finish the job off. My thoughts are with all these people who are suffering great hardship under the threat of Ebola.
Swawou School provide free quality education in a child-friendly learning environment to disadvantaged girls from the Swawou community of Kenema town, eastern Sierra Leone.
Orkidstudio is dedicated to exploring and developing the connection between architecture and humanitarian aid.
Earlier in the year I worked on the photography for the Scottish Ensemble’s new season with O Street. I was given a brief to create some images that would have a fashion edge to the portraits, I really enjoyed trying to get the performers to give me some attitude and get them to posture for the lens. I had to stitch two coloramas together to get a cove big enough to shoot groups in. A great company to work with in the studio and then after they let me on stage during a rehearsal at the Queen’s Hall with Chris, my assistant following me round with a flash on a stick to get the latter images. The resulting images in the brochure look fantastic, lovely design by Andy at O Street.
Make up: Charlotte Condliffe
Assistant: Chris Gillies
Its the last chance to see GREEN2014 The Environmental Legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on until the 24th of October. I shot a series of portraits of people who use on an everyday basis 5 of the venues that where used for the Commonwealth Games. I worked with sound artist Mark Vernon who interviewed each of the sitters and created amazing audio interviews. Mark and I spent a fascinating month exploring the Sir Chis Hoy Velodrome, Kelvingrove Bowls Centre, Toll Cross Swimming Pool, Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trail and the SECC Hydro. The Exhibition is designed by Stuco with Ostreet.
As the Ebola crises continues to encroach upon West Africa I constantly think about the couple of mornings I spent at Kenema’s general Hospital having my shoulder seen to. I was treated with such grace. These nurses are the people that are on the frontline for Ebola plague. I took these portraits of the people in the physiotherapy unit. I wish I had taken pictures of the equipment they had to use, it was made from bicycles but worked with all the apparent ease of all modern equipment.
Any way if you have some spare money please donate to MSF or some one else who is helping on the frontline to combat this horrific disease.