PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS: FLOW Photofest WALL at Eden Court
October 7th – November 16th 2019
“This work, from the series North Sea Swells, was made with Fishing Communities in Shetland and took place in 2018.
Fishing has always been a part of my existence. Trips to the shore every weekend with my Nanna and Grandad. Obsessing over tales told from family maritime connections. I started this body of work in 2012, my connections with the fishing industry were limited to the Yorkshire coast. I managed to get some connections in Orkney. . . I was a working-class lass studying in London, this wasn’t going to be easy. The journeys were long, and mainly by bus and freight ferry. Nervous about being an outsider, wanting to connect, and to learn, not to take and to leave.
Fishing in a controversial topic, with a lot of negative media attention, not helped by photographers. I was keen to show people against the odds, out there, working, risking their lives and doing it with sustainability in mind. Spending days at sea on boats in September winds, talking, meeting families, learning about life, hearing tales.
This work is as much about that as the photographs are. This way of life is changing, and I fear despite measures of sustainability, undertaking change, and making financial risks the world is changing, we face issues around globalisation, climate change, and Brexit is especially prevalent here. I do not know what the future holds for these men and their families, but I hope they can be better understood through this work.” – Joanne Coates
July 15th – August 31st 2019
How to Get Lost
“The question then is how to get lost. Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery” – Rebecca Solnit, from ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’
Gavin Smith is a photographer based in the Highlands of Scotland. He is interested in the relationship between people and places, buildings and landscapes, memory and belonging. He works with film, using medium format, 35mm and Polaroid cameras.
May 27th – July 13th 2019
The Spectator is compelled … Los Angeles, California
These photographs were taken in and around the city of Los Angeles in 2018. They are both an outsider and insider view – having lived in the city for ten years previously, these photos were made on a return after a five year absence. The city of Los Angeles however, is a place many of us are already familiar with, even if we have never visited. It is a city often pictured and told of, on our screens. I am interested in looking at the social landscape of this in/famous place, and the play between clichéd views and contemporary concerns. This work is also about my ongoing exploration of the relationship between the viewer and the picture plane. – Rachel Fermi
Rachel Fermi is a photographer/artist dividing time between personal work, commissions and teaching. She received an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art (USA), and currently lives in Inverness. She is the co-founder of the Inverness Darkroom, and creative director of FLOW Photofest.
April 15th – May 25th 2019
Political Letters is an exhibition of staged photoworks by German artist Catrine Val which explores the neglected canon of women in philosophy. It borrows its title from the writing of Dundee born Frances Wright (aka Fanny Wright, 1795-1852), a freethinker and abolitionist who became an American citizen in 1825 and established the multiracial commune Nashoba in Tennessee, inspired by the socialism of Robert Owen and the virtues of emancipatory education in the fight against slavery. By choosing philosophy, and by linking the past to the present, Val’s project posits a renewed interest in humanitarian values and the production of knowledge as a counter-position to the interaction of science, economy and politics, which tends to be a domineering influence in contemporary culture. This exhibit is presented in association with Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.
Feb. 18th – Apr. 13th 2019
Lucy Telford lives and works in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She is primarily an analogue photographer with an interest in alternative and antique processes. She has been photographing for a number of years using a variety of cameras ranging from large format to toy cameras. These images are a selection of cyanotypes from her new book In Time (available from blurb.co.uk).
Jan. 7th – Feb. 16th 2019
David Buchanan is an Edinburgh based photographer exploring the way in which snow transforms the landscape to create features that can be sensuous, ambiguous and sometimes suggestive.
Typically, these features have a transitory existence before being obliterated by the next storm or by thaw. The series has developed over several years and many journeys through winter bound regions: Norway; the French and Swiss Alps, and Scotland (particularly during the exceptional winter of 2009/10).
Nov. 12th 2018 – Jan. 5th 2019
Inverness Camera Club 70th Anniversary exhibit
The Inverness Camera Club
Oct. 8th – Nov. 10th 2018
Sept. 3rd – Oct. 6th 2018
Whatever it is, it’s over rated
“Images of somewhere else, somewhen, somehow, printed in the dark on Silver-Gelatin paper.
Is there no end to her imagination? Sadly, yes and this just might be it. The light is still there though so Andrea may just get her light collecting box, some light sensitive film and paper and do her stuff – whatever that is.
This group of snaps came from out there, selected and re-imagined by herself. It is the selection and the re-imagining that is the cornerstone of the artists’ oeuvre. In fact it is pretty much the whole building of her oeuvre – apart from the real images which are kept locked up safe out of the way of prying eyes. She, the artist doesn’t want just anyone knowing what they are like. We like that don’t we? – Andrea Ingram, light manipulator
Andrea Ingram is a photographer who lives and works on the Isle of Lewis. She experiments with a range of techniques, cameras, chemistry and photographic papers – old and new. She was recently nominated for the Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines Project to honour women in photography. More of her images and eclectic, humourous musings on rural Hebridean life can be found on her blog Boxes & Bellows.
July 23rd – Sept. 1st 2018
Abstracting 57˚35’01.9 N
Mark Osborne’s art explores time, space, light and form in photography. This new project utilizes analogue photography processes and challenges the flatness of the photographic surface and ask questions of what is being seen, how things might appear and how we negotiate, interpret and give meaning.
To mark the Year of Young People 2018, WildFires presents three bodies of work by women who explore the whole – and varied – truths of what it is to be young, entering the tender places of their subjects’ private terrains, from where they form themselves and address the world. Flannery O’kafka documents the profound physicality and mystery of heredity, while Sarah Amy Fishlock examines her father’s life after death in her own mind and in the images that remain of him. Kirsty Mackay’s new work examines the photographer’s own roots, the longing and sense of belonging to the place where she grew up – Glasgow.
Somewhere Ahead I See You is a resonant celebration of youth, its fluid and decisive moments, its fleeting darknesses and deep joys.
ARTIST’s TALK by KIRSTY MACKAY Thursday June 14th 17:30, Inverness College UHI
April 30th – June 9th
In old Scots, ‘If you embarked upon ‘a stravaig’ you’d have a wander through glens and over hills with no set purpose other than to enjoy the walking’. It’s more than moving over the land but rather into it. Colin’s work places great care on both form and composition and explores those hidden landscapes, either found or suggested from, some aimless wanderings.
April 1st – April 28th 2018
The Grey City
A personal and subjective impression of Aberdeen. Often described as the Granite City, though others say it is silver. Blazej feels a most accurate label is the ‘Grey City’. A ubiquitous landscape has been created by the silver granite and a matching sky: this evokes an atmosphere of gloom. Blazej fails to see the glamour as described by others; he is instead attracted to the things that are seemingly commonplace, things which many may see as unimportant and mundane. The silver remains but is becoming stained, a patina encroaching.
Mar. 4 – Apr. 1 2018
Using toy and vintage cameras, expired and rare films, and alternative processes, Black Isle filmmaker, Tristan Aitchison reinterprets the Highland landscape and presents ‘Mynd’. It is a personal and introspective photographic series about his relationship with his Highland home.
Feb. 4 – Mar. 4 2018
Fòcas India: Document Fòcas India launched in 2017 to celebrate emerging photography from Scotland and India as part of the UK India Year of Culture 2017. Featured is work across genres including documentary, portraiture and landscape. Document reveals the stories that define us as individuals and the ties that bind us as nations. Organised by Fòcas Scotland
Jan. 3 – Feb. 4 2018
Postcards from an imagining
John Ferguson After a recent assessment identified his Dyslexia, John Ferguson has created a series of abstract digital images that explore hidden abilities and perceived disabilities. He is beginning to reconstruct and reimagine past experiences in his work and hopes the images encourage self-reflection and provoke questions.
PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS: FLOW on the Railings at Inverness Campus
April 15th – May 19th 2018
A native of North East Fife, Eddie Martin has had a lifelong affinity with water. As a photographer he has spent years capturing the atmosphere and wonder of the light and life beneath the surface, particularly in shallow rivers and lochs throughout the Highlands of Scotland. Carving inexorably from mountain to sea, water defines and shapes whole landscape. The ancient interface between solid and liquid is full of perfect natural sculpture, lit by dancing sunshine from above that never rests for a moment. Snorkeling through crystalline water, surrounded by such boundless beauty, may be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a sunlit day in the mountains.
This exhibition was on loan to FLOW from the St Andrews Photography Festival.
Mar. 11th –
Apr. 15th 2018 closed early due to weather damage
In this Place
‘In This Place’ looks at family and home, connections and place, touching on issues of social and personal inertia. Where a ‘place’ can be both mental and physical; a place we put ourselves and where we are put, sometimes by others and sometimes by circumstance. What puts us there, what keeps us there and do we want to be there?
This is a collaboration brought to Inverness by FLOW Photofest and the St Andrews Photography Festival.
Directions to the Inverness campus can be found here
top image: Gavin Smith, Invermoriston