Black and white portraits of poets in Glasgow: Alexander Hutchison and Jim Ferguson

Those past few months, going to the evenings of poetry in Tell it slant, the bookshop within the Project Cafe, I  met a few poets, mostly living in Glasgow and, as well as doing photographs of the readings, felt as I’d like to do more “formal” portraits like those I used to do for publishers. Although the Raw files of the photos are in colour and I like the colour versions I developed, creating black and white versions is something  I cannot resist, likely due to the feeling monochrome goes to the essential, getting rid of the superficial distraction of colour. It also brings me back to the days I was a student and saw the photographs of Marguerite Yourcenar by photographer Gisele Freund in Magazine Littéraire . When I had a darkroom and worked on film, the black and white processing I always did myself was the most fulfilling part of the work.

 

Alexander Hutchison is a poet writing in Scots and English and his most recent book, published in 2013 is Bones & Breath.

Alexander Hutchison, Scottish poet
Alexander Hutchison, poet
Alexander Hutchison, poet
Alexander Hutchison, poet

Jim Ferguson is a poet living in Glasgow and has recently published Jim Ferguson recently published The Pine-Box-Jig Involves no Dancing,  which is a satirical chronicle on the Scottish independence referendum.

Jim Ferguson, Scottish poet
Jim Ferguson, poet and novelist
 Jim Ferguson, Scottish poet
Jim Ferguson, poet and novelist

 

Poetry book launch in Tell it slant, Glasgow: A bird is not a stone

 

Last monday was in Tell it slantalso called the church of poetry ! ) the bookstore within the Project cafe the Book launch of A bird is not a stone, an anthology of palestinian poetry published by (Freight Books, Glasgow) and edited by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving. Poems were read by Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, Magi Gibson, Ellen McAteer, Henry King and Ablah Oudeh. A good opportunity for me to meet again the lively community of Glaswegian poetry lovers and poets and do a few photographs of an interesting event.

 

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