Last week the third Carlisle Photo Festival took place utilising a variety of exhibition venues, not all the more common types of places you see photo shows. From images in a courtroom to images being presented in glass cabinets inside the waiting rooms at Carlisle Train Station, the show went out of it’s way to bring work to new audiences.
Thanks to the tireless Malcolm Dickson, at Street Level Photoworks gallery in Glasgow, myself and my Document Scotland colleagues Colin McPherson and Sophie Gerrard, along with other photographers Alan Knox, Colin Gray, Andy Weiner, and Donald John MacLean, all showed work on the pedestrian footbridge which cross the train tracks in the busy junction station of Carlisle. A novel setting for a photo show, entitled ‘Working The Border’, but one which will undoubtedly have reached a large audience, and perhaps an audience which may not have been tempted to venture to a photography gallery.
The work I had shown, and the theme of the small show was all photographers who have been working along the lines of borders in light of the recent Referendum on Scottish independence, were two images from my Edge Of An Empire series about Scotland’s Antonine Wall, the former north-western frontier of the Roman Empire. The images below shows my photos in situ in Carlisle station. The whole series of this work was show earlier this summer in a Document Scotland group show at the Impressions Gallery in Bradford, England, curated by Anne McNeill.
The above images show a mattress in a snowy landscape on the location of a former Roman fort at Castlecary hill outside Glasgow, and John Richardson of the Antonine Guard.
Thanks to Carlisle Photo Festival, Malcolm Dickson and all those who made the show possible, hung the pictures etc. Thanks.