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.
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.