A Contested Land

Document Scotland’s A Contested Land has now opened at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, England. The show runs until 16th March, 2019, before further showings in Scotland at Perth, Dunoon and Inverness. 

Document Scotland exhibition ‘A Contested Land’ opens at the Martin Parr Foundation, in Bristol, England, 15 January 2019. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2019

 

It gives us great pleasure to announce that our latest show, A Contested Land, including my new body of work Let Glasgow Flourish, successfully opened last week at the Martin Parr Foundation. Surrounded by friends, family, colleagues and esteemed members of the photographic community, a lively evening kicked off the show’s run in Bristol.

With talks by all four Document Scotland photographers – Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Stephen McLaren and Colin McPherson, the crowd was entertained and the works on the walls introduced before the socialising began over drinks.

With thanks to all who attended including Annie Lyden of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, David Hurn/Magnum, Homer Sykes, Tony O’Shea, Brian Sparks, Daffyd Jones, Miles Ward, Craig Easton, Toby Smith, Jon Tonks, and many, many more. And of course many thanks to Martin Parr and his wonderful team for their support, generosity and hospitality.

Document Scotland exhibition ‘A Contested Land’ opens at the Martin Parr Foundation, in Bristol, England, 15 January 2019. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2019.

 

Document Scotland exhibition ‘A Contested Land’ opens at the Martin Parr Foundation, in Bristol, England, 15 January 2019. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2019.

 

Document Scotland exhibition ‘A Contested Land’ opens at the Martin Parr Foundation, in Bristol, England, 15 January 2019. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2019.

 

See more information about the show and the press release here.

Martin Parr Foundation
316 Paintworks
Arnos Vale
Bristol
BS4 3AR

Gallery opening times
Wed to Sat, 11am – 6pm
Sun to Tue, closed

Free entry to all exhibitions.

Touring exhibition dates

– Salon event at Stills Gallery Edinburgh 7th February 2019 (evening).
– Perth Art Gallery and Museum – 20th April 2019 – 23rd June 2019. Preview on 19th April.
– Dunoon Burgh Hall – 20th July 2019 – 18th August 2019. Preview on 19th July.
– FLOW Photofest, Inverness, September 2019.
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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!

 

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.

 

 

Space and light

A few weeks back I was photographing an editorial portrait for Psychologies Magazine, and got to spend a very enjoyable few hours with Sandra Patterson of Kids Be Happy Ltd. Sandra was interviewed about the times when her job was tough, and she and her husband made the conscious decision to move home and to relocate to Dumfriesshire, to the countryside where the light was more plentiful, the air was abundant and a sense of openness brought a bit more harmony to their working life and decision making. Something I’m sure we can all learn from!

Here’s the spread from the magazine, showing how they used Sandra’s portrait, and then below some more photographs from the portrait shoot. Sandra was a great model, very patient, and had good ideas on where would be suitable locations for taking the photos.