Truth in Portraiture: Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to the Nairn Book & Arts Festival this year. I always enjoy this festival, and find some of the most engaging audiences. This year I was considering the narrative of ‘truth’ and authentic identity across the history of portraiture. We had some really fantastic discussion and looked at portraits from the earliest days of photogrpahy to Planton’s recent portrait of Mark Zuckerberg. An interesting area that came up in conversation it the tradition of family Christmas portraits and the myth of the family that this perpetuates. I’ve always found the idea of what family…

Upcoming: Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Tickets are now available for my talk at the 16th annual Nairn Book & Arts Festival this September. The festival runs from 10-15 September and is a celebration of literature and art set in the idilic Highland town of Nairn. This year’s theme is focused on ‘Our Roots and Who we Are’ with books, readings, lectures, exhibitions and seminars throughout the six days. My talk on the 13th at 18:30 will be on Truth and Identity in Portrait Photography: We are the most photographed generation in history. Despite this, when we see a photographic portrait, we want to believe that…

PTI Summer session: Rethinking Medical Photography for the classroom

This weekend I led a session at the Princes Trust Institute Art Enrichment Residential on Rethinking Medical Photography. It’s always a fantastic experience to work with the PTI, because you get to work with teachers and consider how to get students engaged at all different year levels in the history of art.

Autumn 2018

Moving into autumn, I am happy to look back on a productive and quiet summer of writing and researching.   In June my first poem was published in Door=Jar Magazine (Issue 7), and my ‘Beauty and Alienation in Medical Photography” paper came out in Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine.  I also have done some peer-review work with Mortality journal.  It is a fantastic way to help encourage and engage with new scholarship, and of course, it feels good to be referred to as a specialist in the history of photography. As with any writer, the bulk of my time is spent on  research. At…