⁞ Identities defined by stereotipied ideas of nationality ⁞

Street Level Photoworks‘ upcoming exhibition is called Common Ground: New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales and is promoted as a show that brings together “diverse themes and ideas associated with distinctive national and cultural visual inspiration, this collective exhibition … Continue reading ⁞ Identities defined by stereotipied ideas of nationality ⁞

┐ Craig Ritchie └

© Craig Ritchie, from the project Malaficia © Craig Ritchie, from the project Malaficia © Craig Ritchie, from the project Malaficia “In the Malaficia project, London based photographer Craig Ritchie delves into a Scottish area that was once a central location for witch trials and executions. This gruesome piece of history is not what first meets the eye when browsing through Ritchie’s images of East Neuk: the elegant houses, the forests, elderly people and other moments of daily lives. However, as Ritchie indicates in his website, “It took very little to be considered a witch; a ruined crop field, a … Continue reading ┐ Craig Ritchie └

┐ Robbie Nolan └

© Robbie Nolan, Untitled, from Trees © Robbie Nolan, Untitled, from Trees “The poet Keats spoke of how the ‘cold philosophy’ of science would, by explaining the mechanics of the physical world “unweave a rainbow”. In a sense the aim of this series of photographs was to display the falsity of this claim when related to colour. Colour is often thought of as something solid, immutable and objective. Certainly objective colour exists as measured in wavelengths of light, but this does not mean humans are able to view it objectively. The physiology of human sight is one easily susceptible to … Continue reading ┐ Robbie Nolan └

┐ Catriona Grant └

© Catriona Grant, Untitled #16 , from the series The Examination Room, 2001 © Catriona Grant, Untitled #17 , from the series The Examination Room, 2001 «’The Examination Room’, a series of large-scale, colour photographs, was made following a period of research on the themes of observation and the role of the individual within the institution.» More of Catriona’s work here Continue reading ┐ Catriona Grant └

║ Valentina Bonizzi ║

© Valentina Bonizzi, Untitled, from the series Work and Intimacy, 2009 © Valentina Bonizzi, Untitled, from the series Work and Intimacy, 2009 “This project is about Italian women who emmigrated to Scotland. The photography research presents the way they view their job as the bridge which connects them to Scottish society. It explores the intimacy within their own houses. A space where objects and colours travelled with them, giving a foundation to their identity.” Continue reading ║ Valentina Bonizzi ║

║ Nicky Bird ║

© Nicky Bird in collaboration with Mary Kennedy, Lethanhill, Dunaskin, Lethanhill old school 1940-1?, from the series Beneath the surface / Hidden place, 2008 © Nicky Bird in collaboration with Mary Kennedy, Craigmillar, Edinburgh Back Green, Back of Niddrie mains drive summer 1968, from the series Beneath the surface / Hidden place, 2007 “The history under our feet to the time when our own may be under foot in future: this was the central theme of this project. It set out to see how photography and archaeology could be incorporated in both literal and metaphorical ways to speak of ‘history’ … Continue reading ║ Nicky Bird ║

║ David Williams ║

© David Williams, Untitled #1, from the series Stillness and Occurence, 1995-2000 © David Williams, Untitled #1, from the series Stillness and Occurence, 1995-2000 ‘Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.’ (The Heart Sutra) These large scale colour seascapes were made over a five year period and taken from the beach at Portobello, Edinburgh. “Mobilising an essentially redemptive aesthetic, Williams creates a mesmeric space fostering a capacity for contemplation on the part of the viewer. “(Dr Sara Stevenson) More of David’s work can be seen here Continue reading ║ David Williams ║

║ Katherine Oggier Chanda ║

© Katherine Oggier Chanda, Totem,photograph of a performance, Scotland 2009 © Katherine Oggier Chanda, Bench Hike, photograph of the performance,  Scotland 2009 “My work revoles around the subject of repetitive actions in terms 0f physical, space as well as movement. (…) I would say art in this way allows me to take a position that enables me to look at the codes of our societies in a different cpntext in a world in which our propositions of our realities may not necessarily be the real but at times become the unreal. And this is possible when viewed trtough the window … Continue reading ║ Katherine Oggier Chanda ║