Putting photography in the picture

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Following a successful bid for funding from the Awards for All Scotland Lottery Fund, Stewartry Camera Club has arranged an open day on November 17 in the St Cuthbert’s and St Andrew’s Church Hall in Kirkcudbright.

The open day will feature a digital photo show, an exhibition of members’ photographs, and availability of information and advice with a major feature being the photographic competition. This competition will feature photographs by local schoolchildren, plus a section for adults and will be judged by Castle Douglas’s acclaimed portrait photographer Kim Ayres.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite image, with prizes being awarded for both the visitors’ favourite image and also Kim’s choice.

Kim’s approach to portrait photography is very interesting in that he considers photography is not about capturing reality, but being all about creating stories. He feels that each image should require the viewer to make assumptions or ask further questions about the person featured, the environment and the emotional landscape.

To enable the general public to experience how he creates his particular brand of portraiture, he is offering visitors to the open day the opportunity to have their photograph taken in return for a minimum donation of £10 to the Down’s Syndrome Scotland Charity. In Kim’s opinion, the best portraits are not only how the photographer has used lighting or positioned the subject but what the subjects themselves bring to the process. He feels strongly that the subjects collaborate in the creation of the story and that portrait photography is a place to explore mood, personalities and fantasies.

The open day runs from 10am-4pm and entry is free. Refreshments with home baking will be available and a tombola will add to visitors’ enjoyment.