Best of FLOW comes to Edinburgh!
FLOW Photofest is a biennial, month-long festival celebrating photography in all its forms across the Highlands and Islands. The Festival focuses on photography of the North, from the North and which looks to the North, situating the North of Scotland at the heart of contemporary photographic practice.
The theme for FLOW Photofest 2019 was BORDERS – a very apt title - acknowledging both our shifting political and personal boundaries but also how photography is evolving as art and document. We presented new and recent work by Scottish and international photographers, promoted new collaborations, and engaged a diverse array of visitors. The theme addressed the full range of cultural, social, territorial, geographical, political, sexual, racial and psychological phenomena.
Following on from the success of 2017, we were able to increase the number of venues with exhibitions in Stornoway, Ullapool, Thurso, Inverness, Findhorn, Forres and Elgin, as well as offering artist talks, workshops, portfolio reviews, a photography themed film festival and guided tours of shows. Two photographers from the 2017 portfolio sessions went on to have solo exhibitions at the FLOW Photofest Gallery at Eden Court Theatre during 2018 – our new permanent gallery which is important in sustaining year round dialogue with Scotland’s photography community. We also collaborated with other agencies and partners, such as the new Inverness Darkroom who ran courses on cyanotypes, photograms and bookmaking, and Highland Print Studio who ran photogravure workshops. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in particular, as well as An Talla Solais in Ullapool and and An Lantair in Stornoway, were also instrumental in the success of the festival.
It gives us great pleasure to collaborate with SSHOP to bring a range of work from the Festival to Edinburgh to showcase to a new audience the 2019 festival.
We would like to thank the Inverness Common Good Fund, Street Level Photoworks, all our crowdfunders, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Elgin Bid, Highlife Highland, the Scottish Society for the History of Photography and the Inverness Camera Club for their help and assistance to make it all happen.
- Matt Sillars, Chair, FLOW Photofest
Best of FLOW
“In 1971 when I was visiting Inverness I decided to pursue photography as possible career”
Michael Flomen, a self-taught Canadian artist, began taking photographs in the late ’60s, and has been showing his work on several continents since 1972. He has been a darkroom printer for, and collaborator with, many artists. These include Jacques Henri Lartigue’s traveling exhibition in Canada and the United States in the mid ’70s. His first book of “street photographs,” which followed the Cartier-Bresson formalism of photographic picture making, was published in 1980, followed by Still Life Draped Stone in 1985. Michael switched camera formats in the early ’90s, photographing snow and producing works under the title RISING.
For the last fifteen years, this self-taught artist has used camera-less techniques to collaborate with nature. Various forms of water, firefly light, wind, and other natural phenomena are the inspiration for his picture making. “He takes pictures without a camera.. of things we cannot see.. takes photographic paper outside at night and floats it in his pond and exposes it to the light of the moon…” – Vinyl Café interview.
Michael Flomen’s United Kingdom debut show was in 2018 when he had his first solo exhibition at Somerset House as part of Photo London. FLOW Photofest are delighted that having been inspired to take up photography as a career while visiting Inverness in 1971, we were able to host the Scottish premier of his work.
Tine Poppe Exit Wonderland
Tine Poppe is an artist photographer from Oslo, Norway. Her practice draws particular attention to social, political, existential and environmental issues. Exit Wonderland explores the European's fascination with the post-human and unreal feeling of the American desert and urban landscapes. The images created are inspired and exaggerated by Trump’s surreal election campaign and it's possible worst outcome. All image titles are Donald Trump quotes.
She has been published and exhibited in prominent publications, photography magazines and exhibitions around the world. Her works have been purchased by both governmental and corporate art collections in Norway and abroad.
Tina Poppe’s work has been internationally awarded by Sony World Photography Awards, IPA International Photography Awards, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, LensCulture Emerging Talents Awards, LensCulture Street Photography Awards and others.
Iain Sarjeant Out of Ordinary
Iain Sarjeant is a photographer, publisher and editor based in the Scottish Highlands. His photography explores both natural and human environments, and often the interaction between the two reflecting on ‘our’ relationship with our surroundings.
He is often drawn to ordinary, everyday places - whether in an urban or rural setting - seeking to document and find interest in the common-place. His practice is spontaneous in nature – wandering, exploring, discovering, and observing.
He is the founder and editor of Another Place and Another Place Press producing limited edition photographic monographs by landscape photographers from across the world.
John Farrell Traces and Edges
John Farrell is an artist and writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. His most recent project ‘Traces and Edges’ is a long-term photographic study of the former Ravenscraig Steelworks and the landscape’s subsequent return to nature. What does ‘contaminated’ land look like, what trace of this history remains?
He has exhibited throughout Scotland and internationally in India and Singapore. His critical writing on photography has been published in a number of books and journals, including essays published by NOTES, Red Hook Editions, SSHoP and Steidl Verlag.
Sarah Riisager Frozen
Sarah is a Danish artist working in photography, video and sculpture. From 2011 to 2013 she studied at Fatamorgana. After graduating she moved to Scotland to study Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art.
Sarah’s work has been exhibited in Copenhagen, Glasgow, New York, Pingyao, Krakow and Arles. In 2016 she was chosen to be part of the exhibitions ‘Young Danish Photography’, The Centre of Photography and ‘The Spring Exhibition’, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.
In 2017 she exhibited at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles.
Hannah Laycock Perceiving Identity
Hannah Laycock specialises in portrait and fine-art photography currently inspired by her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2013. Her subtle, contemplative and sensuous work on MS, contributes to illness narratives that come in various forms in contemporary culture: from memoirs to performance art. ‘Perceiving Identity’ is a photographic journey that explores Hannah’s feelings of uncertainty, fear, loss and liberation, intuitively delving into and questioning the notion of this neurological ‘lack’. A dreamlike state; pulsating in and out of consciousness grasping onto the minutiae in the hope for clarity in the pronouncement and acceptance of her diagnosis and the impact of this on the past, present and future.
Hannah’s previous MS related projects; Fragility and Primacy Subject, deal with fragility, image and desire, and power relations between subject and observer. Hannah uses photography as a tool to reach out in order to better understand such conditions as MND or MS.
Daniel White Tales of the Unearthly
Currently based in Glasgow, Scotland, Daniel recently gained his bachelor of arts with hons degree in photography in Glasgow at University West of Scotland.
An award winning and published photographer he has exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Old Truman Brewery, London and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.
A prize-winner from the 2017 FLOW Photofest, Daniel was commissioned to produce “Tales of the Unearthly” for the Festival in 2019.
This project is based upon a celestial experience within the Falkirk triangle.
We look forward to exhibiting Best of FLOW at Gallery 525 in 2020.