Review of ‘Seeing Ourselves’

Document Scotland were delighted to be interviewed by The Dundee Courier about the exhibition ‘Seeing Ourselves’. Stephen spoke with Jennifer McLaren and explained a little about what brought us together, our aims and our passions and how we curated the exhibition.

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A Lanarkshire Farm….Radek Nowacki

It was a foggy, cold morning  and I decided to make a round of Shotts fields to find some nice and quiet landscapes.I was driving the A71 to West Tarbrax Farm when I noticed this back road blocked by 2 huge tractor tires. It was my “Wow! Look at that”.  It was the way the light  softened by morning fog hits the object. I asked myself a lot of times what makes me stop and take my pictures. Something attracts me  in  a visceral way. I do not think about it much because it is not intellectual. It is purely visual.

After exploring many aspects of farming in Lanarkshire, after visiting a number of busy auction houses, and experiencing the energy around the industry, I came back again and again to the relatively quiet subject of one particular family farm near the town of Shotts, where I live. I am looking  for quiet and lyric documentary style, simple and strong portraits connected with lyric landscape.

Very quiet and foggy mornings full of soft and diffused light have helped me to catch the beauty of the moment, the light, the composition and structure, the tonality and emotional quality and that is the magic of photography. Finally I have decided to use black-and-white negatives to take quiet, lyric and disturbing images from hidden, farmer’s world.

Radek’s photograph, and others from his series, “The Farmer DNA”, can be seen at Fotospace Gallery, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, as part of the “Seeing Ourselves” exhibition, which is curated by Document Scotland. The exhibition continues until August 1st 2013.

Document Scotland’s latest newspaper, which accompanies the exhibition can be bought online. Treat yourself.  http://www.documentscotland.com/seeing-ourselves-newspaper/

 

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‘Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper

Document Scotland are delighted to announce that to coincide with our first collaborative group exhibition, ‘Seeing Ourselves’, we’ve published a newspaper showcasing the fine documentary photography work from the show. A certain amount of the papers will be available for free at the gallery and exhibition, to thank you for making the effort to come along and see the show, but for those of you unable to travel to Fife for the show, the paper can be bought via this page for a nominal fee.

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

The work on show, and in the newspaper, will feature photography by the four founding members of Document Scotland (Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson, Stephen McLaren and Sophie Gerrard), along with work by six contemporary photographers working in Scotland – Radek Nowacki, Jenny Wicks, Martin Hunter, Giulietta Verdon-Roe, Sarah Amy Fishlock and Robert Ormerod.

 

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

‘Seeing Ourselves’ aims to hold a mirror up to life in Scotland today and reflect some of the social, political, environmental and economic issues facing the country at this pivotal time in our shared history.

 

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

Document Scotland’s ‘DOC002, Seeing Ourselves’ newspaper.

 

The newspaper is printed in full colour, over 24 pages, and features a double page spread of images by each of the 10 photographers involved in the exhibition, there is also an editorial essay by Docment Scotland.

Document Scotland is a not for profit registered company, and all proceeds of the sale go back into financing this website, and helping fund furthers shows and publications. Many thanks for your interest and support, we greatly appreciate it.

‘Seeing Ourselves’ will open at FOTOSPACE Gallery, Fife on June 3 until July 30th, 2013. The show has been curated by Document Scotland, in association with Colin Cavers of the Fife Photo Group.


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‘Seeing Ourselves’- Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
No embargo

Document Scotland is proud and delighted to announce the date of our first collaborative group exhibition.

‘Seeing Ourselves’ will open at FOTOSPACE Gallery, Fife on June 3, 2013, and feature work by 10 leading Scottish photographers. The show has been curated by Document Scotland, in association with Colin Cavers of the Fife Photo Group.

The work on show will feature photography by the four founding members of Document Scotland (Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson, Stephen McLaren and Sophie Gerrard), along with work by six contemporary Scottish photographers (Radek Nowacki, Jenny Wicks, Martin Hunter, Giulietta Verdon-Roe, Sarah Amy Fishlock and Robert Ormerod) who have been invited to show images from projects either recently-completed or still in progress.

‘Seeing Ourselves’ aims to hold a mirror up to life in Scotland today and reflect some of the social, political, environmental and economic issues facing the country at this pivotal time in our shared history.

 

 

Drawn To The Land – Women working the Scottish Landscape © Sophie Gerrard 2013 all rights reserved.

 

Amongst the diverse selection of projects which will be shown are Sophie Gerrard’s compassionate depiction of the Scottish landscape through the eyes of women who manage it, Stephen McLaren’s sideways look at everyday life on the road, entitled ‘Scotia Nova’, Giulietta Verdon-Roe’s intimate study of a Home-Start charity project in Levenmouth and Robert Ormerod’s striking portraits of young people involved in present-day politics in Scotland.

Commenting on the exhibition, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert said: “We are excited to be able to showcase projects not only by Document Scotland, but by a number of talented photographers whose work is becoming instrumental in shaping the direction of documentary photography in Scotland. We are delighted to be able to collaborate with FOTOSPACE Gallery to bring to the public’s attention this exciting new work.”

Speaking on behalf of FOTOSPACE Gallery, Colin Cavers said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for FOTOSPACE Gallery, in collaboration with Document Scotland and On at Fife Theatres and Arts, to be able to bring such a unique exhibition of Scottish documentary photography together, that will be of such interest and relevance to the current national and international debate around Scotland’s future.”

In addition to the exhibition, Document Scotland will produce a commemorative publication in the form of a newspaper which will serve to publicise the show and the work of the participating photographers.

For further information regarding ‘Seeing Ourselves’, please contact:
Colin McPherson, T: 07831 838717 E: colin@documentscotland.com
Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, T:07831 138817 E: jeremy@documentscotland.com
Sophie Gerrard, T: 07810 445431 E: sophie@documentscotland.com

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Formed in 2012, Document Scotland is a collective of four Scottish documentary photographers brought together by a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland at one of the most important times in our nation’s history. For more information, please visit www.documentscotland.com, or follow us on twitter @DocuScotland.
FOTOSPACE Fife is organised and run by the Fife Foto Group whose aims are to promote the exhibition of photography; to foster an engagement with photography and to encourage the enjoyment and practice of photography as a cultural, educational and leisure pursuit to the benefit of the community. More details can be found at http://www.fifefotospacegallery.org/

‘Seeing Ourselves’ – work by 10 contemporary Scottish photographers, curated by Document Scotland, on show at FOTOSPACE Gallery, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5NX from June 3 until July 31, 2013. Opening times to the public Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

 

Forth and Clyde Canal. ©Martin Hunter 2013, all rights reserved.

 

 

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‘Seeing Ourselves’ exhibition

Document Scotland, in conjunction with FOTOSPACE Gallery, are very pleased to announce the ‘Seeing Ourselves, New Documentary Photography from Scotland’ photography exhibition, which will take place in June and July of this summer.

“With ‘Seeing Ourselves’ FOTOSPACE is proud to be showcasing the best in new Scottish documentary photography. Curated by the recently-formed Document Scotland collective, this exhibition brings together ten leading photographers working in Scotland right now. A dynamic and varied range of projects are presented all exemplifying the strength and depth of current photographic practice in the country. Beguiling images and strong sense of national story-telling make ‘Seeing Ourselves’ a photography exhibition that is both timely in its presentation and ambitious in its subject matter. See Scotland through the eyes of ten photographers with a unique vision.”

The photographers whose work will be on show are Document Scotland’s Sophie Gerrard, Stephen McLaren, Colin McPherson, and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, along with Jenny Wicks, Martin Hunter, Sarah Amy Fishlock, Giulietta Verdon-Roe, Radek Nowacki, and Robert Ormerod.

‘Seeing Ourselves’ will be on show at FOTOSPACE Gallery and FifeSpace Gallery, situated in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland. The show will be open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and will be on from June 3rd- 31st July 2013.

 

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The Scots DNA

“Can someone from elsewhere tell someone from here anything about their homeland that they don’t already know?”

… asks Polish photographer Radek Nowacki in his project The Scots DNA which he sent along to us at Document Scotland recently.

“I was looking for quiet and some kind of lyrical documentary style, simple and strong portraits connected with lyrical landscape. For me Scotland is exotic. Scotland is beautiful country. Scotland is an ugly country. Scotland is a land bursting with visual contradictions. I try to make my pictures describe both these things.”

click here to see Radek’s website www.radeknowacki.com

 

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