Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Thoughts & stories from a hard working editorial, corporate, portrait, reportage photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. T.+44-(0)7831-138817

September 2, 2015
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Fukushima and Photography.

Last month I had the pleasure of sitting down, at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, with Japanese photographer and daguerreotypist Takashi Arai to discuss photography and the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan.

I have known Takashi-san since my Japan days, and since March 11th 2012, when the Great East Japan earthquake struck, both Takashi and I have in our own ways and through our own photography photographed the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the consequences of it for large swathes of Japan and the population. In the below video, which sadly only records the first half of the talk, we discuss our respective works and photographs.

Takashi-san’s book, of his daguerrotype work, including his images from his nuclear project, ‘Monuments’, is now released, in a limited edition of 1,000. Takashi Arai ‘Monuments’.

 

August 6, 2015
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Cycle…like an Egyptian.

Ok, so it’s a corny title I wrote. Forgive me.

A couple of months back I had the pleasure to accompany Scottish adventurer and cyclist Mark Beaumont to Cairo, Egypt for the start of his AfricaSolo expedition, cycling from Cairo to Cape Town. he finally did the journey in a World Record 41 days, 10hours and who-is-counting minutes.

The pictures that I shot of Mark have been used pretty widely by now, but just popped in in the past few days was this rather elegant magazine cover which I thought I’d share. I do like a nicely designed cover, and all the better when it’s one of my images.

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And the same shot, or similar frame, on the website of Koga bikes, who built Mark’s bike and is one of his sponsors.

It’s always interesting to see multiple uses of one image, see how clients make use of them, and always a reason to shoot both vertical and horizontal images if it looks like being the kind of iconic image which will get used multiple times!

 

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Right, I’m away to blow the sand out of my cameras…

 

August 6, 2015
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Photographing Fukushima

This Saturday, 8th August, Japanese award winning photographer Takashi Arai will be talking at Street Level Photoworks, in Glasgow, about his work and experiences photographing the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear explosions in Japan. I’ll join Takashi-san, whom I’m pleased to have known for a few years now, since my Tokyo days, in his talk to discuss my own work from Fukushima and to discuss Fukushima in general. Please join us, the event is free, but you do need to reserve a ticket just for space and numbers purposes.

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Within sight of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant (mast-like structures on horizon of pic) the police search Ukedo beach for bodies of tsunami victims, within the evacuated, and now uninhabited 20km exclusion zone around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in Namie, Japan, on Monday 27th February 2012. The exclusion zone used to be home to approximately 73,000 people, but all have been evacuated by the government and are now restricted from returning home due to high levels of radiation contamination from the explosions at the TEPCO owned Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, following the earthquake and tsunami of  March 11th 2011. Due to the towns and zone being uninhabited the police patrol to prevent crime and theft from unoccupied properties and businesses.

Within sight of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant (mast-like structures on horizon of pic) the police search Ukedo beach for bodies of tsunami victims, within the evacuated, and now uninhabited 20km exclusion zone around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in Namie, Japan, on Monday 27th February 2012.
The exclusion zone used to be home to approximately 73,000 people, but all have been evacuated by the government and are now restricted from returning home due to high levels of radiation contamination from the explosions at the TEPCO owned Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th 2011.
Due to the towns and zone being uninhabited the police patrol to prevent crime and theft from unoccupied properties and businesses.

 

From the Street Level Photoworks announcement of the show:

We are pleased to announce that Takashi Arai will give a slide talk on his work at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, in association with Alternative Photography Scotland. Tokyo-based artist Takashi Arai is well-known as a unique contemporary daguerreotypist in Japan. His work is not meant to showcase the object being depicted, but instead the medium of photography itself.

Takashi Arai first encountered photography while he was a university student of biology. In an effort to trace photography to its origins, he encountered daguerreotype, and after much trial and error mastered the complex technique. Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.

Beginning in 2010, when he first became interested in nuclear issues, Arai has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records-micro-monuments-of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryumaru fishing boat, records that touch upon the fragmented reality of events in the past. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.

Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and in 2014, he received the Source-Cord Prize, sponsored by Source Magazine.

July 22, 2015
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EverydayClimateChange exhibition, Milan.

I’m pleased to announce that the EverydayClimateChange Instagram project that I am a member of along with repsected photographer colleagues across the globe, is exhibiting at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, in collaboration with the Institut Français Milano for Expo2015, in Milan, Italy, from 29th July until 28th August.

EverydayClimateChange is an exhibition curated by James Whitlow Delano and Matilde Gattoni which presents the works of 25 photographers from all continents. The exhibition offers a new perspective on climate change, exposing its causes, possible solutions, the important role for food security and development, and loss of lands for indigenous peoples, amongst others.

If you’re in Milan please go along, take a look and show your support. Grazie!

Invito Mostra #EverydayClimateChange
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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in collaborazione con l’Institut français Milano per Expo2015.
EverydayClimateChange – a cura di James Whitlow Delano e Matilde Gattoni – presenta il lavoro di 25 fotografi provenienti da tutti continenti. La mostra offre una prospettiva nuova sul mutamento climatico, denunciando il suo importante ruolo per la sicurezza alimentare e per lo sviluppo.

June 19, 2015
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Posters.

Some recent photography from a commission on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, showcasing their facilities here in Glasgow, Scotland, and further afield, for clients of their services. The assignment required portraits being shot of their development officers, counsellors, and clients of their service, all undertaken with a natural, reportage feel. No models were used, as the campaign benefited from the time and generosity of real people who use the services, keeping the imagery believable and authentic, easy for people who see the posters to relate to. A very enjoyable job to work on with them, and interesting to learn of the much needed services they offer in the communities.

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And another…

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