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…


Recent Tear Sheets

Here’s a couple of tear sheets from recent work…

First up, nice usage of some photography I shot on assignment for Greenpeace in Iitate, near Fukushima, in Japan, covering the nuclear radiation decontamination efforts there. It’s a shocking state of affairs there, the Fukushima nuclear disaster is far from finished and it is estimated the clean up will take at least another 40 years…but of course Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government wish to present a clean, decontaminated face to the world as the 2020 Olympics looms.

Here’s the cover and a spread from the recent Greenpeace report which used the images, and which makes for sobering reading.


Image above shows a Japanese worker ‘decontaminating’ the forest, one stone at a time…the moss will grow back in weeks, and be contaminated due to the radiation held within the soil. A couple more spreads below from within the report…



Another tear sheet just popped in to the studio is the below, a series of images shot for Historic Scotland magazine documenting a day in the life of one of their Rangers, and a journalist trying out the job for the day.  It was a fascinating reportage and portrait shoot, on Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, granting me a fascinating insight in the park life, its history and the archaeology of the area.

The job required it was shot in mid-Winter, but the brief required the images to look like Spring as that is when the article would run in the magazine. The day of the shoot was a cold, dark, grey, winter day. Nothing like spring. But then the clouds parted and for 10 minutes there was blue sky and sunshine. I shot like crazy. Hey presto, spring time.

Alas, I was disappointed by the usage of the images, by the spread. The design wasn’t to my liking so much, but the client was happy and that ultimately is the aim.




More tear sheets to come soon…

Soil Sleuth in Aberdeen

A couple of weeks back I had an early morning editorial portrait assignment up in sunny Aberdeen, Scotland,  a pleasant rush hour drive from Glasgow.  The assignment, for the prestigious science magazine Nature, was to shoot a portrait of Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton Institute, to accompany a forthcoming article.

Prof. Dawson is a ‘soil sleuth’,  a scientist with the know-how to profile the DNA of soil, and along with her team, help detective teams the world over examine soil forensic evidence in crimes. I shan’t try in my layman terms to explain the in’s and outs of her job, but the article is here should you wish to read it.

I post below the portrait of Prof. Dawson as used by the magazine, on a left hand full-page, a crop from the original image (also below).

Prof. Lorna Dawson in Nature Magazine.
Prof. Lorna Dawson in Nature Magazine.


Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensic Science, at the James Hutton Institute, in Aberdeen, Scotland, 13 April 2015.
Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensic Science, at the James Hutton Institute, in Aberdeen, Scotland, 13 April 2015. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved 2015.

And from the shoot, the below was the image I preferred. Interesting both myself, the picture editor and also the designers all chose different shots from the portrait shoot…and the one chosen by page designers is the one which made it onto the page.

Professor Lorna Dawson, of James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved 2015.
Professor Lorna Dawson, of James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved 2015.


JSHpostcard May 27, 2015 at 11:51AM

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My latest offering for @everydayclimatechange on Instagram, a shot I took on assignment for @Greenpeace — A massive iceberg floats in the Southern Ocean, off of #Antarctica. A report published recently in #Science journal states that the ice shelves around the edge of Antarctica are melting faster than previously thought. These ice shelves act as buttresses to the ice on land, and help slow the flow of glacial ice into the oceans. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been “long regarded as the more vulnerable part of the continent to climate change.”
To quote from the report, “The floating ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic Ice Sheet restrain the grounded ice-sheet flow. Thinning of an ice shelf reduces this effect, leading to an increase in ice discharge to the ocean. Using eighteen years of continuous satellite radar altimeter observations we have computed decadal-scale changes in ice-shelf thickness around the Antarctic continent. Overall, average ice-shelf volume change accelerated from negligible loss at 25 ± 64 km3 per year for 1994-2003 to rapid loss of 310 ± 74 km3 per year for 2003-2012. West Antarctic losses increased by 70% in the last decade, and earlier volume gain by East Antarctic ice shelves ceased. In the Amundsen and Bellingshausen regions, some ice shelves have lost up to 18% of their thickness in less than two decades.”
Read the full article in Science journal here: http://ift.tt/1D2rThh
#everydayclimatechange #climatechange #globalwarming #risingsealevels #iceberg #JSHarchive #JeremySuttonHibbert

JSHpostcard May 22, 2015 at 11:21AM

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“Sailing to a better tomorrow” – Children of the #Beijing Golden Sail Dance Company run through a practice session. Founded in 1991, the dance troupe have toured worldwide including to the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in Scotland. Beijing, #China. #dance #dancers #dancing #arts #culture #cultural #education #Asia