Narrative Photography with Colin McPherson

Easdale island, © Colin McPherson, 2019.

Easdale island, © Colin McPherson, 2019.

Colin McPherson has made a career out of photographic storytelling. His photojournalism has taken him across all five continents, with his work appearing in books, magazines, and journals around the world. He also has a number of longer-term and large projects underway currently, and his most recent images – about life on Easdale island – were shown this year at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. He is a member of the Document Scotland photography collective, and is represented by Getty Images.

In the Summer Issue of ART NORTH we will be featuring the work of the Document Scotland. The collective comprises Jeremy Sutton Hibbert, Stephen McLaren, Sophie Gerrard, and McPherson himself. Document Scotland’s exhibition at the Martin Parr Foundation featured long-term documentary bodies of work on the subjects of Glasgow (by Sutton Hibbert), Edinburgh and it’s slave history (by McLaren), The Flow Country (by Gerrard) and McPherson’s own Easdale Island work. Following its outing in Bristol, the exhibition travels to Perth Museum, Dunoon Burgh Hall, and then Inverness for the FLOW photofest. 

Easdale island, the subject of McPherson’s photographic contribution to the above-mentioned exhibition, lies off Scotland's west coast and is the smallest permanently-inhabited inner Hebridean Island. This summer, it is also the venue for a series of short residential courses designed to reveal the secrets of storytelling through photography. Heading up these courses are McPherson and Adam Lee; the latter a photographer, writer, and educator. The courses that McPherson and Lee are hosting will allow participants to “explore what it takes to weave together individual images into imaginative and eye-catching photographic stories.”

“Using the unique characteristics and landscape of Easdale island,” they say, “participants will be guided and supported with the aim of being able to convey their passion for photographic storytelling in an imaginative and creative way.” The two-day courses are designed for anyone of any level with a curiosity about visual narrative. No previous experience is required, just a curious mind and a working knowledge of your own camera or device. Participants will be accommodated for three nights in two cottages on the island, and catering is provided. 

Places on the courses are restricted to a maximum of six participants per course and demand is said to be high. The dates for each are scheduled to take place on:

Saturday 29 June – Tuesday 2 July
Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 July
Saturday 7 – Tuesday 10 September
Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 September

For further details, see the course website or contact Colin McPherson on 07831 838717.

For further information on Document Scotland, see the collective’s website, or click through to Twitter and Instagram for @DocuScotland.