I’m never sure what to write in these areas, so here goes, I will probably add to this as I go along.
Born in 1964 in one of the rougher areas of Edinburgh, an unremarkable childhood and schooling, aiming for the dole as most of the kids in our area were and getting on with this quite nicely…
One of my first ‘jobs’ was on a Y.O.P. with a photography lab in central Edinburgh but transitioned to taking photographs for the Craigmillar Festival Society for a year or so while helping with the drama outreach programme.
Then I met a girl who was training to be a nursery nurse whilst I was training to be a doss head, kept meeting her from her training placement with under -5s earlier and earlier, going in and reading stories to kids, me with my Robert Smith hair-do as well. Eventually the head teacher said I should apply to become a nursery nurse, I think this was just to get me out of her face.
I then worked with children for over 30 years. Running my own nursery for a couple of years and for 20+ years I’ve worked with children on the autistic spectrum, more specifically Asperger’s Syndrome, in a residential school in North Yorkshire. Eventually it took its toll and I now work as a children’s bookseller for Waterstones.
Studied Art History with the Open University and achieved a BA Hons (Open) and this has helped me to understand my own and others artistic practices, and has helped me develop a body of photography work.
During all this time I’ve been taking photographs and have quite a few projects on the go.
I’ve been invited to have an exhibition in a new arts venue in Darlington, Cornerstone Arts .
For this I’ve decided to show photographs from two of my projects:
Northern Arts: black and white studies of art venues/projects in the North of England
abandoned // forbidden: a collection of photograph/video taken of children’s objects/spaces without children in the photograph
I will also be having a few pieces in the window soon, a couple of my photographs and a piece called ‘Prayer of Steel’, found photographs of the Angel of the North.
To achieve this though I will need help to fund the professional printing, mounting, and framing of the photographs, 25-30 in total.
This will also mean I have my exhibition prints for any other shows down the line.
Any extra funds will help me get a zine produced of ‘Prayers of Steel’ do have for sale at the exhibition.
This would mean so much to me as I’ve always wanted to exhibit my work and to do it in a new venue as part of their first year programme would be exciting.
This could mean the start of me being a proper artist 😉
My website is www.ephemeral.co.uk and it’s a bit of a rag bag of a site, but it is where my photography is shown.