In the centre of Stirling, the Made in Stirling Store is showing an exhibition Photography: Place & Time, featuring the work of four photographers with very different backgrounds, styles and approaches.
Curated by local photographer and Made in Stirling member Dr David Mitchell, the show includes the recently-discovered work of an unknown amateur, dubbed the Stirling Mystery Photographer, who captured Stirling’s environs as it underwent major change in the late 1960s, producing fascinating 35mm colour slides. David selected the works for display from over a decade of travels in Scotland and overseas, capturing his passions for places as well as retro cameras and the art and social history aspects of photography. The work is for sale, and appears among a programme of courses for professionals and beginners, open to the public during March and April.
Allan McGregor, who holds an MA in Fine Art from Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen has been an educationalist in visual communication for much of his working career, and is a lens-based artist and darkroom specialist whose current work adopts a personal, interpretive and allegorical perspective, with ancient monuments a particular fascination.
Gregg McNeil of Dark Box Images is an experienced film and digital photographer who works by means of the Victorian tintype process, exposing images onto glass or tin plates and using an authentic Victorian camera, its remarkable and unique results materialising right in front of your eyes. He will be setting up his studio in the exhibition, offering drop-in portrait sessions, and will be hosting tintype photography education sessions (see image at top).
In addition to his own work, David Mitchell is exhibiting several hitherto-unseen colour images of Stirling in the 1960’s, discovered by local dentist John Denham, who came across a small box of 35mm Kodachrome images, with the photographer as yet unconfirmed, hence the moniker The Stirling Mystery Photographer. David, who is a photography enthusiast, Chair of the local Museum and Director of Cultural Assets at Historic Environment Scotland, realised their historic and documentary significance as they show Stirling’s built environment in transition, with much of its fabric torn down to make way for new development; the images also capture the weeks before the unveiling of the Robert the Bruce statue, and while the views are familiar, so much has changed within their frames.
Inaugurated in May 2021, Made In Stirling is a Community Interest Company and the trading arm for the charity Creative Stirling, and all its profits support the work of creative people in Scotland’s central region and providing a vital creative community venue.