photography

HOLD ME DEAR: FOUR CITIES, [EXTRA]ORDINARY PLACES

What place do you treasure in your city? A hidden nook or favourite spot, a great place to sit and watch the world go by or somewhere you've fond memories or nostalgia for? Often the places that mean the most to us may seem everyday or get walked past without a second thought by others, but they hold particular meaning to us. 

HERE+NOW are excited to today announce we are currently working with Givrum, Copenhagen, to openly invite Hold Me Dear submissions for a special exhibition as part of City Link Festival in Edinburgh in September 2015.  Individuals in each of the four recent or upcoming City Link Festival cities - Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Hamburg - are invited to submit a photograph and 50 words about a place in their city they treasure.

These photographs and captions will form a continually growing participatory online gallery in the next couple of months leading up to the Festival, and will then culminate in a physical exhibition in an unusual nook of Edinburgh's urban space as part of City Link Festival from 24-27 September 2015.

Find out more about the project or submit a photograph of a place you treasure in Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Istanbul or Hamburg and help us co-create an exhibition!

RESIDENCY AT THE BOTHY PROJECT

Here + Now's Curatorial Director - Jenny Humberstone - is currently on location in the remote hills near Aviemore doing an artist residency with The Bothy Project.

Jenny is spending a week amidst this beautiful landscape in a small off-grid bothy, designed and built as one of three such structures across Scotland as part of The Bothy Project. Living in such a well-designed structure - which fulfils the necessary most basic needs to create a haven for simpler living - fire for warmth and cooking, shelter from the elements, a safe protected place to sleep - immediately surrounded by such stunning landscape away from the usual lights, bustle and noise of more urban places - drives a great deal of inspiration. A great place to contemplate the role of man-made intervention in the landscape, the relation of people to place and how the meanings and relationships we develop with a place (either individually or as a community) evolve over time, and the way modern digital instant of technologically dependent lifestyles inherently create a different outlook of the world compared to a more grounded experience of place. Plus of course, the immersive and inspiring experience of living within a landscape where you are much more acutely aware of every sound, from the distant rushing of the river to the owls at night, the movement of the heather and tree branches in the wind, and the greater impact the pattern of the light of day and moonlit darkness of night has on what you are able to do.

Jenny is working alongside her brother and musician Ian Humberstone at the bothy to create a primarily analogue photography series, field recordings and documentary film snippets. The result will be a short compiled film aiming to represent both their interpretation of the genius loci of this particular place, but also their subjective and contextual experience of their week.

More on the blog soon!