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April 24, 2014
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‘Five By Four’

My Document Scotland colleagues and I were recently invited to showcase some of our work, one project by each of us, 5 pics each hence the title of the show, ‘Five By Four’, at the Scottish Government’s Scotland House Conference Centre, Brussels, in Belgium.

We had big boots to fill on the walls with the prior show being images of Scotland, to showcase the Year of Natural Scotland, by National Geographic photographers. Their esteemed work came down, and the walls looked very big, and we stepped up to the plate…

'Five By Four', Scotland House, Brussels.

Work from ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’ included in ‘Five By Four’, Scotland House, Brussels.

The work we have shown was from projects already shot, and which fitted with the Scottish Government’s Homecoming 2014 initiative. Stephen McLaren showed his idiosyncratic view of Scottish sporting life, Sophie Gerrard her images of female farmers at work on the land, Colin McPherson his iconic images of the Scottish salmon net fishing industry, and I showed work from my project ‘Unsullied and Untarnished, the Common Ridings’.

 

'Burnin' the Deil', Innerleithen, from 'Unsullied And Untarnished'. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2013, all rights reserved.

‘Burnin’ the Deil’, Innerleithen, from ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Helen Wright, the events and visits manager for the Scottish Government EU Office in Brussels takes up the story: “I work closely with the cultural diplomacy team in Scotland to devise a programme of events and exhibitions for Scotland House in Brussels. It was on a work visit back to Scotland last summer that my colleague Anne Diack first highlighted the work of Document Scotland to me. She mentioned how both the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, and minister for international development, Humza Yousaf, had visited Document Scotland events and suggested that we explore the possibility of working with them to curate an exhibition showcasing Homecoming 2014 to an international audience.

The exhibition has already received lots of positive feedback since its installation on 2 April and I look forward to providing many others with the opportunity to view the exhibition as our busy calendar of events continues.”

The show continues throughout 2014.

'Five By Four', Scotland House, Brussels.

‘Five By Four’, Scotland House, Brussels.

 

April 21, 2014
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‘Face to Face, the portrait in photography today.’

Join us!

‘Face to face, the portrait in photography today’.  - My Document Scotland colleagues, Sophie Gerrard, Stephen McLaren and Colin McPherson, and I, in conjunction with guests Graham MacIndoe, Arpita Shah, Emily MacInnes and Ben Roberts, will be in discussion with International Photography Curator Anne Lyden all about the portrait in photography at a free evening salon event. Pictures will be shown, discussed and debated.

The event is free, but you do need to book a ticket, and is at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, in Queen Street, Edinburgh, 14th May, 7pm!

And if that is not tempting enough there will be free whisky, kindly provided by anCnoc whisky.

We’d love it if you could join us for what should be a fascinating evening of photography and discussion.

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April 21, 2014
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Caribbean Wind.

So I’m on assignment right now, hence the silence on this blog, apologies. I’m on the final section of a 3 part assignment through the Commonwealth for a client, and as eve on assignment time is flying, time is busy…especially with this schedule.

Part 1 saw me go through eight Asian countries back in October and November. Then the epic that was Part 2 was in January and February, 18 countries through Africa, a monster of a trip, but incredible, tiring, exhausting, intense, hot, thousands of images, and great fun.

And now I’m in the Caribbean, a nice way to end this assignment. I’ve been on the road for a month now, through Antigua, Montserrat, Jamaica and a few more. I sit writing this in Miami airport, on my way from The Bahamas this morning to Belize this afternoon.  Still three weeks to go until my last destination for photographing, Gibraltar…

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band member, in Nassau, The Bahamas. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band member, in Nassau, The Bahamas. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

March 14, 2014
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Yes on a Friday Afternoon.



  Patrick, Yes Scotland campaigner, in Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

A cold Friday afternoon, and in the West End of Glasgow outside Partick train station, 6 campaigners from the Yes Kelvin branch of Yes Scotland meet up to distribute leaflets and canvas support for Scottish Independence. I joined them for an hour, shooting some reportage, and since there was a great red wall nearby, it seemed churlish to not also shoot some portraits…

Many thanks to Patrick and colleagues for their help.

See the full set of images, and licence them here, on Getty Images.


 Dave, Yes Scotland campaigner, in Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

 

March 14, 2014
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Tony Benn.



Tony Benn, in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2008. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2008, all rights reserved.

 

Tony Benn, the great Labour politician has passed away aged 88. I was fortunate enough to photograph him on many an occasion, mostly whilst he was in Edinburgh for his highly popular readings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The shot above comes from one of those occasions. He always sat for photos and photographers with great patience, kindly and humourously obliging us with puffing on his pipe endlessly to give us the smoke we wanted in images.

There is great quote about photography by Tony Benn, “…photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”

I hope they have his favourite pipe tobacco wherever he has departed for. Godspeed Tony Benn.

 

 

March 13, 2014
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In the blue light of evening

In the blue light of evening, in the best of both worlds, Better Together campaigners were out delivering the leaflets, knocking on doors to deliver their argument for Scotland remaining a part of the United Kingdom in the September referendum on Scottish Independence.

I went with them in the streets of Glasgow to see what is happening, to meet the people doing the work, part of my photographing the run up to the referendum.









All images are ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved. But are of course available to licence for reproduction.

March 11, 2014
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A Man Alone.

As always I’m looking for something a little different from a photography shoot. Sure you get the head shot of the politician in the can, shoot it vertical, shoot it horizontal, but then what? What can I do to get something a little more unusual?

Today I was out with Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, as he opened a new digital business incubator lab in Edinburgh, Scotland. Not overly exciting sounding, but it was good. There was plenty of daylight streaming in from both sides of the room, lots of people about, some technology, and as ever the First Minister was joking and friendly, taking an interest. And I had plenty of time to photograph. Plenty of time to experiment and try for something a little different.

This was the frame I like best from the shoot, maybe not the most obvious, but it could be useful sometime perhaps. Alex Salmond had been doing interviews for television in a glass box-like room, and then the TV crew stepped out, leaving the First Minister by himself, between crews and interviews.



Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, in Edinburgh. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

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February 19, 2014
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Visualizator, Belgrade!

Well, there was a rumour. But sometimes you get an email which confirms the rumour, things become clearer, images show you proof.

My Roma portrait work had been shown in Bursa Photo Festival in 2012, kindly invited by the festival curator and photographer Jason Eskenazi, and then nicely it was taken out of their storerooms and travelled onwards to GaleriBU in Istanbul, then onwards again to be part of the photography work shown in Sofia Photo Festival. The work had a nice little life going for itself, again all facilitated by Jason Eskenazi, in the Balkans and Mediterranean. And I didn’t have to do much other than give consent by email for it to keep travelling. Great.

And then there was a rumour. “Can your work be shown in Belgrade, Serbia?” was the question. Sure I said, the more places the merrier. And then it all went quiet. Nothing. Submarine radio silence. Not even a ping from the depths.

Until yesterday when an email pops in, ping!, ‘Hi, the show went well. the work was well received. can we get a portrait of you for in the catalog.” Woooah! What catalog, what show, when was it? Sure enough my Roma Portraits had been shown once again, in November it turns out, in Belgrade at the Public Museum. Emails were exchanged and today I get sent some images of the show. And here is a sneak view of it, I’d recommend you go see the festival, see the show, but it’s finished. Three months ago. Alongside work by myself, there was great photography from Michael Ackerman from New York and Hai Zhang from China. I’m sure it would have look good. Congrats to all at Visualizator Festival for pulling it all together, their first photo festival. Here’s to your second festival this November!

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Michael Ackerman's work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Michael Ackerman’s work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Hai Zhang's work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Hai Zhang’s work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

February 19, 2014
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Back up, back up!

It”s like a post-party hangover. You undertake a 7-week, 18-country assignment, and then you awake and there’s a big clean up to do…

Thankfully on my recent trip through the African continent, from Sierra Leone eastwards to Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, then south all the way to South Africa, my images were sent back to Glasgow to my client on a daily basis. So I didn’t return home to any massive edit to do, everything was done and dusted on the road, and many of the roads I travelled were very dusty.

The only thing remaining on my return was the inevitable little laundry, a little rest, say hello to the family (hey, remember me?) and of course the backing up! All the photography work shot was backed-up to 3x 1TB portable harddrives whilst travelling, on a nightly basis, before the camera’s flash cards were formatted ready for the next day’s shooting… But of course when I get back the whole shoot, all 625GB of it, needed to be added to my main archive drives, and imported into my main Lightroom archive catalog. So, now as I sit typing this, scroll bars are scrolling, lights blinking, everything is transferring across. And then I do it again and again. My main archive exists in triplicate, 3 identical sets of drives, all kept in separate locations, so everything gets backed up 3 times. Cautious, moi? Oui.  The edit of the assignment has already also been backed up to my online archive.

And then, once it is backed-up it’s over. That section of the job is done. Part 1 of this assignment was 8 countries through Asia, Part 2 was this 18-country African rollercoaster. Next up, Part 3 begins in late March, a trip through the Caribbean for 7 weeks, I”m not sure how many countries, about 10 or so I think. Only one more thing to do and that is to renew my passport!

Visas

February 13, 2014
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Postcard: Lesotho #1

My time in Lesotho was short but it was full of action, full of photos. And incredibly enjoyable. From the beautiful landscapes up in the mountains to the friendliness of the people, everyhing was great. I hope to go back some day, but it could be tricky to live up to this first visit…

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