New Talent…

Over the last few months here at Document Scotland we have been pretty busy, however, we always make time to see new work. Here we take a look at some of the work by graduates from Edinburgh Napier University 2014 which was on show earlier this year in their degree show and also at Free Range in London.

Here is a taster of some of their work which caught our eye… do take a look at their individual websites for further images.

 

Glasgow Mods by Lisa Boyd

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From the series ‘Mods’ by Lisa Boyd, image © Lisa Boyd, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

“This project is about the Mod subculture in Glasgow, focusing on original and long time members. I have always been interested in people and their uniqueness. My father was an old mod and seeing the mod subculture re-emerging was my main inspiration to do this project.  Several recent photographic projects have focused on the younger mod generation. I was interested in telling the story of the originals for whom being a mod has always been a part of their life. I started researching the subculture and going to a few mod events and club nights. These portraits were taken outside the ‘Tailor Made’ (previously ‘Friday Street’) club night round at the smoking area. I really enjoyed the time I spent doing these portraits. Speaking with the mods I heard some great stories and learned a lot about the subculture. After finishing this portrait project I am still photographing the mods. I am focusing on the different aspects of the subculture, in the end I hope to have a comprehensive body of work documenting the subculture from all perspectives.”

Lisa Boyd www.lisaboydphotography.com

 

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From the series ‘Mods’ by Lisa Boyd, image © Lisa Boyd, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

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From the series ‘Mods’ by Lisa Boyd, image © Lisa Boyd, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

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From the series ‘Mods’ by Lisa Boyd, image © Lisa Boyd, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

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From the series ‘Mods’ by Lisa Boyd, image © Lisa Boyd, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Lolitas by Louise Anne Kennedy

Tina, a Gothic Lolita, From the series 'Lolitas' by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

Tina, a Gothic Lolita, From the series ‘Lolitas’ by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

“A Lolita could be best described as an individual who follows the Japanese subculture of wearing western inspired Victorian and Rocco style Japanese fashion. The history of the movement began in Japan during the 1970’s, with fashion companies such as Pink House, Milk and Pretty. Although Lolita is fairly unknown, this fashion subculture has become a growing trend among young women in Scotland. Lolita has dominated Japan for many years it has only been in the last decade that it has spread to many other countries in the world.

I am passionate about people and culture; I love to learn about new cultures and peoples stories. The inspiration for the project came from a long love of Japan and Japanese culture, I have an unexplored fascination with Japan and I created this project in order to find Japan and aspects of its culture in my home country.
The difficulty in finding such a secretive subculture is in gaining the access required in which to meet, learn about and photograph the girls who wear Lolita. My love of Japan and Japanese culture gave me a connection with the girls and slowly they allowed me into their world. Most Lolita’s enjoy being photographed; they like to show off their immaculately co-ordinated outfits.”

Louise Kennedy www.louiseannekennedyphotography.com

Rachel, 'Classic Lolita' From the series 'Lolitas' by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

Rachel, ‘Classic Lolita’ From the series ‘Lolitas’ by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Ruth, 'Sweet Lolita' From the series 'Lolitas' by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

Ruth, ‘Sweet Lolita’ From the series ‘Lolitas’ by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

A detail in "Sweet Lolita" Ruth's bedroom. From the series 'Lolitas' by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

A detail in “Sweet Lolita” Ruth’s bedroom. From the series ‘Lolitas’ by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

A Classic Lolita wears tights detailed to look like a doll's knee. From the series 'Lolitas' by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

A Classic Lolita wears tights detailed to look like a doll’s knee. From the series ‘Lolitas’ by Louise Kennedy. © Louise Kennedy, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Gorgie Road – The Maroon West by James Parker

From the series 'Gorgie - The Maroon West' by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Gorgie – The Maroon West’ by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

“Situated between Edinburgh’s city prison and the financial sector, resides Gorgie. The densely inhabited area has one of the highest populations per square mile within the country. Historically it contained the largest pig farm in Scotland, with local residents claiming that the creation of the digestive biscuit hails from the area.

This project views the social network of people and place along the main western artery into Edinburgh city life and the chance encounters along the route.

Since completing the project and graduating from Napier, I currently work as a summer school photography teacher at Queens College, Cambridge. I intend to use images from the project towards my submission for several MA courses. However, for the time being I am based back in South Yorkshire and will begin work on several fresh longer-term projects, collaborations and commissioned work soon.”

The entire project with 30 images is available in a newspaper format here.

Limited Edition –  £20
One Project
One C-Print of choice from the series
Protective cardboard sleeve.

James Parker www.jameschrisparker.com

From the series 'Gorgie - The Maroon West' by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Gorgie – The Maroon West’ by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

From the series 'Gorgie - The Maroon West' by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Gorgie – The Maroon West’ by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

From the series 'Gorgie - The Maroon West' by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Gorgie – The Maroon West’ by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

From the series 'Gorgie - The Maroon West' by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

From the series ‘Gorgie – The Maroon West’ by James Parker. © James Parker, 2014, all rights reserved.

 

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Common Ground – Press Release

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This important and timely exhibition showcases groundbreaking new work from some of Wales and Scotland’s contemporary photographers.

Document Scotland, formed in 2012 by Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren, are responding to the global audience looking at Scotland at this, one of the most important times in the country’s history.

Formed in the wake of Document Scotland in 2012, the Welsh collective A Fine Beginning is made up of photographers James O Jenkins, Jack Latham, Abbie Trayler- Smith and Gawain Barnard and showcases contemporary photography being made in Wales.
“I am delighted that Street Level Photoworks will be staging this exhibition of new photography by Document Scotland. These are exciting times for the collective and for photography in Scotland and their collaboration with A Fine Beginning is a positive message that Scottish photography is relevant, informative and outward facing.” –

Malcolm Dickson, Street Level Photoworks.

Key dates:

  • Tuesday 26th August – ‘Common Ground’ launches at Street Level.
  • Thursday 28th August – preview evening 6-8pm.
  • Friday 29th August – portfolio reviews and workshops with Document Scotland, A Fine Beginning and invited guests from the photography industry.
  • Saturday 30th August – talks and publication launch.

For further information or images please contact:

Document Scotland: ColinMcPherson
colin@documentscotland.com
07831 838 717
www.documentscotland.com
@DocuScotland

A Fine Beginning: James O Jenkins
james@jamesojenkins.co.uk
07876 341 910
www.afinebeginning.com
@afinebeginning

Listings information: Common Ground: New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
26th August – 19th October 2014
Free
www.streetlevelphotoworks.org

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Download the PDF of this press release here.

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Beyond The Border opening night…

The opening evening of Beyond The Border at Impressions Gallery in Bradford on Thursday 3rd July was a great success, thank you all so much for coming. We were delighted to see so many new and familiar faces there, enjoying the photography, the conversation, the wine and of course, the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers.

Document Scotland would like to thank Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery, for curating this exhibition and working with us on this project over the last year. We’d also like to thank Annie Lyden, International Curator of Photography at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery for opening the exhibition for us. Thank you all for your kind words, your help, and for the speeches on the opening night. Thanks also to the team at Impressions Gallery for their hard work and to New Focus who interviewed us for a short film of the exhibition, details of which will come soon.

There will be a portfolio reviews and a talk with Sophie, Colin and Jeremy on Saturday 26th July – more info and booking here.

The exhibition is open until the 27th September, we do hope you can make it along!