Two portraits, two Professors.

Brains, Alzheimer’s, inflammation, then two days later diabetes, sugar levels, heart disease and fitness. Jeez, thankfully not my visit to the Doctor here in the West of Scotland, but the studies and practices of two Professors I shot portraits of very recently for two different editorial clients.

Amusingly the two unrelated photography jobs took place in side by side buildings at the University of Glasgow (if only I’d known that while trying to park the car), and both required of me to shoot environmental portraits of two learned Professors. Even turns out they knew each other and one had been in the other’s class.

University buildings can sometimes be a little haphazard and lived in, especially science labs, and Professor’s offices are rarely the most inspiring of places, either too small, too cramped, too busy with books, too dark, or just too messy.


Professor Jonathan Cavanagh, Professor of Psychiatry & Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.


Professor Jonathan Cavanagh, Professor of Psychiatry & Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.


Thankfully these two assignments were in one of the modern buildings at the University and after a quick walk around with the gents I had to photograph, we settled on a few locations and shot a variety of images. Into the science lab, a few portraits, then into a conference room, looking at stopping off in hall ways to utilise bright blue walls and nice windows light, and with Professor Sattar we nipped outside to see his bike, as part of his story was about making sure to get enough exercise and keep your heart strong.


Professor Naveed Sattar, in his lab at the Institute of Cardiovascular Studies and Medical Sciences, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.


Professor Naveed Sattar, at the Institute of Cardiovascular Studies and Medical Sciences, at the University of Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2018.

I post a few frames here from the shoots, sadly no good tear sheets to go with these this time. One client used the images on their website, another in a magazine, but neither were particularly inspiring uses sadly. A shame as both gents had been very kind and generous with their time and doing what was required to keep the photographer happy and to fulfil the brief. But examples none the less of environmental portraits shot to satisfy a brief, and with minimal disruption to the busy working life of the sitter – another consideration I always feel, and that’s where professionalism of the photographer comes in, the ability to get in, get the required portraits and images, and not leave the sitter fuming at the amount of time it took and leaving them with a bad feeling for your editorial or corporate client.

Thank you gents!


Quiet in the vibrant library!

Shhhh. No photographing in the library! Turn your camera shutter to silent mode!

A visit to a library, and then another, and another. As much as I’m a reader, keeping my thirst for knowledge of the world around us satiated, I’m not often in libraries. That is until a recent reportage photography and filming commission for the Scottish Libraries and Information Council, when I undertook a tour of libraries around Scotland, photographing and filming their various projects and initiatives to keep libraries, and in particular, school libraries, vibrant places of learning which can compete for attention in the modern, multi-distraction digital world.

From Glasgow, to Aviemore, Inverness, Aberdeen and back, a multitude of schools and public libraries hosted me, and showed me around. This was a great photography job to shoot, coming on the back of a 100-days trip around Australia photographing for the Commonwealth Games. This library job let me reconnect with Scotland after almost a year on the road, and let me enjoy driving by myself, photographing and seeing places across the country.

Scottish Library and Information Council from JshPhotog on Vimeo.

Undertaking the logistics and organisation of all the shoot locations myself, juggling phone calls and emails, lining visits up in order, seeking out specifics and hunting for the unusual. It’s a great way of doing a shoot, keeping it all under control, and being manager of your own time and schedule. It can of course be beneficial to delegate this and work with a team, but on a job such as this one being left to it was the right way to go about it all.

The work has appeared in the SLIC ‘Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools’ brochure and report, and the filming I undertook, along with editing the final footage and assembling it all, appeared as a short film for social media use. Selected pages from the report…


Photographing spirits!

Photographing things that go bump in the night! Another editorial and portrait photography shoot from recent times, photographing at the National Trust for Scotland’s Culross Palace and spending an evening, after hours, locked in the palace with paranormal enthusiast and palace custodian Linda Whiteford.

Kinda tricky to photograph that which can’t be seen, and maybe only felt by a cold whisper of air against your hands (or was it just a draught?), or a bump and sudden thud on the floor when you know there is no-one else in the building…all very spooky. I’ve done many crazy assignments in my photography career but this was up there with the more unusual, especially when we sat in cold rooms, in the dark, chatting to the spirits…

But, it all worked fine, Linda was great for collaborating with, making some portraits with, and the mustard yellow walls of the palace exterior looked lovely. And then later one, with a bit of judicial photographing into old mirrors, photographing into the flare of torches etc, we managed to bring about the feeling of supernatural goings-on.

Here’s the spread from the magazine, and also a few outtakes from the evening’s photography assignment.

Photographing the chair man.

An email pops in asking if I can take some reportage and editorial style portraits of a furniture maker for his website. We chat on the phone, hit it off, and a few days later I’m up north in Scotland in a wood shed photographing Jonathan Rose and we’re discussing chairs, his hand built intelligent furniture, owl droppings in sheds, and the general life of artists and photographers.

An enjoyable day in which the brief was to photograph some images of Jonathan at work, showing where and how he crafts his chairs, and to take some portraits he can use on his website and for various design magazines, brochures, trade fairs etc.

Below are a few frames from the shoot, and you can find Jonathan Rose Design website here.



Portrait of Magdalen

Earlier this summer, just after my year long Commonwealth photography assignment came to an end, I had the pleasure of visiting Magdalen College in Oxford, at their invitation, to work on a portrait project photographing the diversity of people who make the college what it is.

For a week I met the students, the office staff and scouts who keep the lodgings turning over, the professors, barman, porters, so many people, and with a keen eye for nosing around I made the use of my time to shoot the portraits in a variety of locations, unlocking dusty big heavy doors, and climbing little secret stairwells…

The portraits have gone on show this week in the Main Hall at Magdalen, hanging amongst the oil paintings of the great and good that have gone before, and beside those who take their seats at the Main Hall tables and who now make Magdalen what it is.

Many thanks to Calla, John, Rachel and Daryl for their invite (and these photos), and their incredible hospitality and generosity of enthusiasm during the project.