Portrait of Britain – winning portraits

Delighted that my portrait of Ian Borthwick, from my book ‘Unsullied And Untarnished, the Festivals and Common Ridings of the Scottish Borders‘, was chosen from 13,000 entries to be one of the 100 winning portraits in the British Journal of Photography‘s Portrait of Britain project.

If you keep your eyes peeled throughout September you may spot it on one of the JCDecaux screens in trains stations, shopping malls, bus stations etc.

The portrait also appears in the Portrait Of Britain book, printed by Hoxton Mini Press, which contains the winning 100 photographs and another 100 shortlisted images.

Portrait of Britain

I’m delighted to have my portrait of Ian Borthwick, from Langholm Common Riding (from my Unsullied And Untarnished book), shortlisted in the British Journal of Photography’s #PortraitOfBritain project. (Many thanks Ian for your time doing the portrait!)
 
The 200 shortlisted images, selected from over 13,000, will be published in early September in a book by Hoxton Mini Press. “These images, in all their diversity, reflect something of the richness of this nation and remind us what there is to be celebrated,” says Martin Usborne, co-founder of Hoxton Mini Press and Portrait of Britain judge, “We hope the book is a powerful snapshot of a moment in our shared history that stands the test of time.”
 
In September it will be announced wihich 100 portraits from the shortlist will be displayed throughout the UK on JCDecaux advertising screens.
 
See all shortlisted images here: http://gallery.portraitofbritain.uk
 
 (and on Amazon).

Unsullied And Untarnished in Lorient.

I’m pleased to say that Unsullied And Untarnished, my work documenting the Common Ridings of the Scottish Borders, has recently been exhibited as part of a Document Scotland group show called ‘Scotia Nova’ in the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, in Brittany, France.

The show runs through September. But if you can’t make it to Brittany, then you can see some images of the show here, or you can buy copies of the Unsullied And Untarnished photobook, depicting the participants of the Common Ridings.

 

 

Merci!

 

Unsullied And Untarnished, Common Ridings of Scotland

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.

Unsullied And Untarnished, in Wales.

I’m pleased to say that a few images from my Unsullied And Untarnished series, about the Common Ridings of Scotland, will be travelling to Cardiff, Wales, early next month. The work will form my contribution to the joint ‘Common Ground’ show by Document Scotland and A Fine Beginning. This exhibition debuted at Street Level Photoworks in Autumn 2014, and will now move to The Millennium Centre in Cardiff, albeit with some updated Welsh work from the 5 photographers of A Fine Beginning.

Information about the show can be found here, Common Ground at Millennium Centre. The show will run from 5th February until 10th April, inclusive, and is free to attend.

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Common Ground. One Welsh collective. One Scottish collective. New Documentary Photography from Scotland and Wales.

Inspired by notions of ‘home’ and ‘community’, Common Ground brings together new work from two photographic collectives taking an outward-facing view of their respective home countries of Scotland and Wales. Working with diverse themes and ideas associated with distinctive national and cultural visual inspiration, this collective exhibition welds them together into a cohesive narrative, at times overlapping and continuously referencing and complementing each other.

This important and timely exhibition showcases ground-breaking new work from some of Wales and Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary photographers.

Formed in 2013, the Welsh collective A Fine Beginning is made up of photographers James O Jenkins, Jack Latham, Abbie Trayler- Smith and Gawain Barnard and showcases contemporary photography being made in and about Wales.

Document Scotland, formed in 2012 by Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren, are responding to the global audience looking at Scotland at this, one of the most important times in the country’s history.

www.afinebeginning.com | @afinebeginning | info@afinebeginning.com

www.documentscotland.com | @DocuScotland