Kieran Dodds (b. 1980) is a photographer known internationally for his research-driven photo stories and portraiture. His work considers the interplay of environment and culture, tracing global stories through daily lives. He was trained professionally at the prestigious Herald newspaper group in Glasgow, picking up national and international awards including a 1st prize from World Press Photo for his self-assigned story The Bats of Kasanka. Most recently, he focussed on his home country at the time of political upheaval in Land of Scots using the landscape to consider depictions and realities of Scottish identity through time. Freelance for nearly a decade, he is commissioned internationally and published widely.
For FLOW Photofest he is presenting work from his ongoing series, Gingers. Kieran notes that his radiant minority is sometimes subject to ridicule and stereotyping, and that even the term ‘ginger’ itself is fraught. “In Scotland, it is often used as a term of abuse,” he says. “I wanted to use this derogatory word and redeem it for its descriptive power. Ginger appears gold, orange or brown—sometimes all at once. Before Scotland voted on independence I was considering how we are perceived globally, to consider the myths and realities. One of these myths is our physical appearance and how it relates to identity. I wanted people to see people, not cliches.”