Eternal Rivals



Rome may be the Eternal City, but here in Glasgow, Scotland we have a City of Eternal Rivals. A city of football and the rivalry between the ‘Old Firm’ teams of Celtic FC and Rangers FC. Green against blue. And some may say Catholic against Protestant.

As a reportage photographer in Glasgow, one thing is sure, you’re never short of football culture to photograph, life unfolds on the street, life and death in 90 minutes plus stoppage time, and then after the final whistle, the fans depart the stadiums scurrying off to cars, bars and public transport. A sea of blue or green heading in every direction, like a battlefield of old.

Last year I spent a season following Rangers FC through the 3rd division, and then this year I’ve recently shot a feature on Celtic and Rangers’ rivalry for a European magazine, a few spreads of which are here. A nice layout and design I thought, a nice edit, but sadly didn’t use my favourite image which is the one above these words.

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‘Going The Distance’.

I’m pleased to say that some of my work will be appearing in a Street Level Photoworks and Harbour Arts Centre group photography show called ‘Going The Distance’.

The description and theme of the show is “Sport, like art, is a universal language, it is part of our everyday lives, and a feature of our society’s diverse cultural life, involving people of all abilities and backgrounds. This exhibition, which takes place in two venues across North Ayrshire coincides with the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and celebrates the exceptional and the commonplace in sport”.

DATES:

7 July – 1 August at the Heritage Centre, Saltcoats, Scotland.

7 July – 28 September at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Scotland, with a reception to be held on Saturday 12th July.

TBC – The show will also travel to Eastwood Park Gallery, Giffnock, Scotland.

Featured Photographers: Ande Murdoch, Bob Wark, Christopher Hogge, Hugh Walker, Ian McLean, Jane Stockdale, John Frew, Keith Ingham, Mary Freeman, Michael Maclean, Robin Mitchell, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Gillian Sweeney.

The image below is one of mine from my ‘Life In The 3rd’ series, entitled ‘Rule Britannia’, and is one of my images which will be on show. Hope you can make it along to one of the venues, many thanks.

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The above pic comes from my own Instagram feed @JshPhotog, and on Twitter at @JshPhotog.

Britannia Herself.

Rangers fans depart Galabank Stadium after the Annan Athletic FC v Rangers FC, Annan, Scotland, on Saturday 23rd September 2012. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2013, all rights reserved.

 

My image (above) of a Rangers FC fan, is this week’s ‘Why I Took This Image’ over on the Document Scotland photography collective website. The article explains a little of the background to the image, how it came about and why I took it.

The ‘Why I Took This Image’ series is a weekly article in which the various photographers exhibiting as part of the Document Scotland-curated ‘Seeing Ourselves’ photography show discuss their work. ‘Seeing Ourselves’ can be seen at Fotospace Gallery, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, until July31st 2013.

 

Seeing Ourselves

 

I’m pleased to announce that along with my Document Scotland colleagues, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren, I have co-curated a show of new documentary photography from Scotland, entitled ‘Seeing Ourselves’.

The show, which as well as showing the work of the four members of Document Scotland, also includes work by established artists Martin Hunter, Jenny Wicks, Radek Nowacki, Sarah Amy Fishlock, Robert Ormerod and Giulietta Verdon-Roe, is on at the FOTOSPACE Gallery, in Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland, from today until 31st July.

We all hipoe you can pay the show a visit at some point. We have printed a 24 pages newspaper shwocasing the work also, which can be collected free at the exhibition, or which can be bought via the Document Scotland Publications page. All sales of the paper help finance the Document Scotland website and further initiatives to promote Scottish documentary photography.  Many thanks.

 

C’est arrive!

It’s arrived. Sometimes you do a photographic assignment, in Scotland or elsewhere, and your not overly bothered to see the resulting tear sheet, the resulting usage in a magazine or newspaper, or annual report, you know how it will look, or perhaps even, it was a shoot you managed capably but didn’t really feel a connection to for some reason. Perhaps the editorial assignment, or portrait assignment, wasn’t too exciting, or the resulting imagery wasn’t what you’d hoped might be. And then other times, you do a shoot, a reportage, or portrait, whatever, and you’re keen to see the tear sheet, you’re keen to see how it got used, how it was laid out on the page, the use of text and fonts alongside it.

The below was one such job, one where I was keen to see the usage, of a photography assignment here in Glasgow, to cover Rangers Football Club for the French paper Le Monde. Not a long assignment, but it fitted in nicely and came about because of a longish term project I’m presently working on, and there in lies the power of self initiated projects. Get out and do them, enjoy them and assignments will follow.

So the below assignment came in, job was shot, photographs sent to France, and today the pdf popped in of how it was used, and I’m pleased. The opening page looks dramatic, in your face, big and nice. The other smaller photographs are fine also, perhaps not exactly the images I’d have chosen, but I have no complaints, I can see why they have used every image they have, they all fit the article and brief perfectly. That’s my job, hear the journalist’s angle, his story, and make my pictures fit the brief from the picture desk, illustrate the journalist’s point. This time it’s worked perfectly between us. Job done, job done well, happy client, happy photographer.

Le Monde newspaper, France, 16th February 2013.