Opening this week, a new exhibition with painter Diana Leslie.
Both of us are drawn to the piers of Stromness and the town’s relationship to the sea. Setting out with a broad theme, we chose a specific place for the title, ‘Willick’s Shed’, a building which has featured in both our work over the years.
Diana’s paintings are in oil on wood, each painted outside over several sittings.
The Stromness Piers are a great source of pleasure. The buildings across at the Waterfront stand like a good sentence slowly being moved and changed. It’s fine to have a subject that can’t walk away but is still full of life.’ – Diana Leslie
The White House from the South Pier, Diana Leslie
My photographs are taken with medium format film cameras – a Mamiya and a Bronica.
Working with a square format camera I was drawn to the shapes of the town, tight compositions of closes and the spaces in between. I took to wandering around, open to anything that might work as a square composition. Then embarking on the slow process of developing the films, waiting to see how the light and shade had been translated. For several of the locations I had to reshoot, unsatisfied with the translation, looking for another way of saying what I meant to.
The exhibition, at Northlight Gallery in Graham Place, Stromness, will run from Saturday 6 May to Sunday 14 May.
Willick’s Shed interior
Pier Arts Centre
Nav School Pier
Buoys, South Pier
Cassius, Old Pier
Lieutenant’s House Garden
Photographs above are hand-printed Silver gelatin prints. Each is printed in an edition of four. Print size 170mm square framed 450x430mm