Pretty as a Rose

I had the pleasure recently of a portrait shoot with Scottish-footballing legend Rose Reilly.

Visiting Rose down in her Stewarton home, near Glasgow, to photograph for the The Times, I was regaled with stories of Rose’s incredible footballing career in the 1970’s and 1980’s when she reached the top level of women’s football, playing not only for Scotland but also for Italy, and for clubs such as ACF Milan, and ACF Catania in Sicily.

With those clubs she was a pioneer for Scottish women’s football. Rose twice won the Serie A Golden Boot, in seasons 1978 and 1981, and won eight Serie A titles, a French title and four Italian Cups. In 1984 she played for the Italian women’s team winning the then unofficial women’s world cup.

Rose Reilly, ex-footballer, played for Italy and Scotland, pioneer in women’s football, photographed at home in Stewarton, Scotland, on 17 May 2019.

One of the greatest pleasures of shooting portraits, being an editorial and press photographer, is the chance to meet people, to hear their stories, to spend a little time with them. I have to admit Rose wasn’t someone I’d heard of previously, but what a great shoot it was, doing the photos, having a coffee, talking, listening to her stories. Little jobs like that are the pleasures of working in this industry.

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.

 

 

Unsullied And Untarnished

Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

Ian Borthwick, Emblem Bearer of the Barley Banna', Langholm Common Riding, Scotland, 2014. From the project and new book 'Unsullied And Untarnished'.
Ian Borthwick, Emblem Bearer of the Barley Banna’, Langholm Common Riding, Scotland, 2014. From the project and new book ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’.

To coincide with Document Scotland’s ‘The Ties That Bind‘ show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (until 24th April 2016), I’ve published a book of photographs from my recent project ‘Unsullied And Untarnished‘.

The info below, with a couple of spreads, gives you a flavour of the book which contains mainly portraiture with some reportage. I’ve been fortunate and feel honoured that photojournalist Harry Benson, honorary patron of Document Scotland, has written a little foreword for the book, and Alex Massie, Scotland editor of The Spectator, has written a beautiful essay for the book which explains the Common Riding festivals, and what they mean to the participants and communities. It’s a great essay.

The book can be ordered via my website, or via the buttons below. Thank you for taking a look, and if you’ve any questions please drop me a note. At the foot of the page there is a list of shops which also stock Unsullied And Untarnished.

The book has featured in various press over the past weeks, including a review of Unsullied And Untarnished by Dr. Katherine Parhar on Photomonitor.


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Unsullied And Untarnished’ – A photographic portrait of the people of the towns of the Scottish Borders who each year undertake the maintaining of tradition, commemorating their local history and strengthening the bonds of their communities, during the annual Common Riding festivals of the summer months.

Braw Lassies and Honest Lads, Left Hand Lassies and Right Hand Men, Cornets, Hunters and Coldstreamers – all titles given to the upstanding youths who lead the festivities, and whose duty it is to carry the burgh or town standard around the common lands, to “bring it back unsullied and untarnished”.

ISBN: 978-0-9933742-0-3
96-pages, hardback, embossed cover.
58 Photos.
Foreword by photojournalist Harry Benson CBE
Essay by Alex Massie (Scotland editor of The Spectator)
RRP: £16.95

‘Unsullied And Untarnished’ forms Jeremy’s contribution to Document Scotland’s ‘The Ties That Bind’ photography exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, until 24th April 2016.
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“Jeremy’s interest lies in photographing people both in their own environment and in the more tightly drawn framework of individual portraiture. In his new book Jeremy turns his camera on the Common Riding festivals of the Scottish Borders and goes in-depth to reveal the myriad of people who are a part of this historical tradition. It is with this book that Jeremy continues the steadfast tradition of Document Scotland.” – Excerpt from Unsullied And Untarnished foreword by photojournalist Harry Benson CBE.

 

Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Three excerpts from essay, Unsullied And Untarnished, by Alex Massie:

 “Some of these ridings and festivals are ancient, stretching back five centuries and more. Others are more modern but, whatever their roots and antiquity, they have something in common. They are annual gatherings of remembrance and celebration; affirmations that though these may be small places there is nothing small about coming from Kelso or Galashiels, Lauder or Langholm.”

 “These festivals are not flashy, for the Border towns are not flashy places….They are an argument for the small places – none of the Border towns, not even Galashiels and Hawick can count as metropolises – and the importance and permanence of place. They maintain the golden threads that stretch back through the ages to a time when the world was a younger place. These festivals are the guardians and custodians of memory and without memory, what does identity matter?”

“Every Common Riding is unique yet, in this important respect, each is just the same as last year’s festivities. These are the permanent things; the ties that bind a people together, that insist upon the specialness of a particular small patch of Scotland. They are the things that make a difference, the things that matter most.
And if you listen carefully you will still hear the hoofbeats of history commanding us to remember and celebrate who we are and whence we have come.”

 

Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

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Unsullied And Untarnished as featured in The Scotsman
Unsullied And Untarnished as featured in The Scotsman

 

Unsullied And Untarnished, as part of Document Scotland's The Ties That Bind, in The Independent
Unsullied And Untarnished, as part of Document Scotland’s The Ties That Bind, in The Independent.

 

Shops and galleries stocking Unsullied And Untarnished:

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

Main Street Books, St. Boswells.

Mason’s of Melrose, Melrose.

Forest Bookstore, Selkirk.

Vortigern Margate, Margate.