Why I Took This Picture……..Robert Ormerod

Starting a new series is always a tentative process:  The fulfilment of an idea that may have been gathering momentum in a closet somewhere in a corner of your mind.  Will a story translate from idea form to visual reality?  Will I waste my time working on something that may lead to nothing?

The night before I made this image my mind was still going through familiar questions.  I had spent a few days on the political youth project and so I was planning to visit the Conservative conference in Troon to push forward with the project.  However I was unsure if a party political conference would provide the kind of interesting images that I was looking for.  Would there be enough young people in attendance to justify making the trip?  Would the building provide the right character and back-drop to my images? I’m sure all photographers are familiar with this self-questioning and critical approach to their own ideas. The truth is it all probably stems from the same thing- fear of failure.  And there is only one to deal with this and that is to keep pushing forward.

So I made the trip to Troon, regardless of my reservations, fears and doubts, and I pushed forward with the project.  To my surprise I arrived in Troon to find that the conference was not being held in a sparkling, modern conference centre but in a town hall with original decor dating back a few decades.  As I wandered through the crowded corridors and past the various stalls it quickly became apparent that there were plenty of interesting young Conservatives to photograph.  I settled on these aged yellow curtains in, what looked like an old school gym hall, as my background.  The light was good and I decided the curtains would provide a nice contrast with the fresh, suited-and-booted individuals I had seen at the conference.  I balanced my reflectors on some chairs and began approaching subjects.

Robert’s photograph, and others from his series, Political Youth, can be seen at Fotospace Gallery, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, as part of the ‘Seeing Ourselves’ exhibition, which is curated by Document Scotland. The exhibition finishes today, July 31st 2013.
Document Scotland’s latest newspaper, which accompanies the exhibition, can be bought via our publications page.

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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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‘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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Doomen and Dookits

Young Scottish photographer Robert Ormerod has had his ‘Doomen’ series, a project of portraits of pigeon keepers, published in The Guardian Weekend magazine. The images comprise a beautiful set of portraits, quiet moments of the men and women with their pigeons, a breed of pigeon known as Horseman Thief Pouters.

The images were shot in the east of the country, in the Edinburgh area, and show the men and women who keep their pigeons and use them to capture or entice back to their huts the pigeons of other keepers. The pigeons, an attractive breed, and sometimes made more beautiful through having their feathers dyed peroxide blonde, are released in the hope that another pigeon will find them attractive, follow them back to their hut, where the pigeon keeper, or Dooman, will sling the net and capture the new pigeon. It is then theirs. This article by Guardian writer Simon Hattenstone explains the pigeon story nicely.

The spread as it appeared in The Guardian Weekend Magazine:

Robert Ormerod’s ‘Doomen’, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sept 2012.

 

Robert Ormerod’s ‘Doomen’, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sept 2012.

 

Robert Ormerod’s ‘Doomen’, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sept 2012.

 

Robert Ormerod’s ‘Doomen’, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sept 2012.

 

Click here to see larger images from Robert Ormerod’s ‘Doomen’ series, and to see Robert Ormerod’s photography website.

And here on Document Scotland photographer Stephen McLaren has posted his photographs of Dookits, the huts built in gardens and wasteland of Glasgow, by pigeon keepers, to house their prized Doo’s, or pigeons. Click here to see Stephen McLaren’s photographs of Dookits.

 

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