Above image, Shipbuilding on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1993, all rights reserved.
Okay, so I’ve taken my eye off the ball recently with regards to this blog. It’s been ignored, but not forgotten or unloved. My editorial photography career progresses apace, and work has kept me busy. I’ve been slightly sidetracked from this blog due to a new venture that I’ve been involved in.
Along with three colleagues, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Stephen Mclaren, I’ve been involved in founding, creating and setting up Document Scotland – a collective of four Scottish photographers working with common goals and aims to promote our own photographic work, and to promote documentary and reportage photography work being undertaken in Scotland, imperative at this moment in time as our country heads to the 2014 referendum on independence. Please take a look at the site, there are many great folios of work, not just by the four of us, but also by many guest photographers, showing daily life, portraits, industry, and archival gems.
The above image, from a ship launch at the Kvaerner shipyards on the River Clyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, was shot many years back on assignment for the Scotland On Sunday newspaper. I had an hour or so access to the shipyard the day before the ship was due to be launched, and was fortunate enough to see the above scene, man and machine, small and large. Still, to this day, and all these assignments later, to get access to shipyards is always a great thing. When you have such differences in scale, such vistas and machines, how can it not be great for images? The above image has been reproduced widely over the years, in all sorts of editorial and corporate uses. I even remember receiving a phone call from Getty Images who represent the Glasgow shipbuilding image for me, asking on behalf of a client what type of engines were in the above ship, who had made the engines…a flurry of phone calls ensued, information gained, and another sale completed. Phew.