Scottish Portrait Awards 2017

One of my offshore portraits has been selected as a Finalist in The Scottish Portrait Photography Awards 2017. An exhibition of photographs produced by the 30 Finalists will be on show at The Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square in Edinburgh, from November 7th until December 2nd 2017.

[“Snakes”, Pump-Man, Pit Room, Drilling Rig, Elgin/Franklin Field, Central North Sea (2016)]

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FOTOFILMIC17

One of the final seascapes that I shot from the Drilling Rig I was assigned to for 2 years has been selected as one of the 30 final FOTOFILMIC17 Travelling Exhibition Images that will be shown in New York, Paris, Vancouver and Thessaloniki in 2018.

Seascape #804 [57°10′N 2°00′E] Elgin/Franklin Field, Central North Sea (August 2016)

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Trail of Noise

A sub-chapter to my extended and ongoing documentary project examining the changing nature of the Oil and Gas Industry in the North Sea, these photographs came about as a consequence of work that I had been doing in the Cromarty Firth, documenting cold/warm stacked Drilling Rigs.

For 3 weeks I had become acutely aware of the fighter jet activity overhead and had been informed by a shipping vessel crewman that there was a bombing range in nearby Inver. I decided to follow the trail of noise. I met Allen at his Timber Services Yard, right next door to the Tain Air Weapons Range. He told me that he had worked offshore for 10 years as a Crane Operator, but when his employer offered a less competitive salary as a result of the downturn in the Industry, he decided to start a new business, onshore, as a sawyer.

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Gas Holder No.3, Granton Gas Works, Edinburgh {2001}

In memory of Tom Ward, Manager of Granton Gas Works, who oversaw its shut down and eventual demolition. An incredibly kind man and as luck would have it, an enthusiastic photographer. Tom went out of his way to support my projection project back then. He introduced me to some incredible archives that he discovered on site…. and for someone so busy, he seemed happy to allow me to indulge in my uninhibited photo explorations at the Works. Never forgotten Tom.

 

 

 

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