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Edinburgh Napier University Ba Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Some fine photography from Ryan Gibson, Katie Fulton, Keith Guy and Nadine Is'haq at Edinburgh Napier's Free Range exhibition.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ryan Gibson Just for show
Ryan Gibson: Just For Show.

Edinburgh Napier University had some strong pieces from a couple of students.

Ryan Gibson Napier
Ryan Gibson called his triptych Just For Show: Prosperity Props, no rx Devices for Measuring Achievement. He had acquired some very mundane souvenirs at charity shops in Edinburgh and then juxtaposed them next to photographs taken by his great grandfather, physician who was a travel agent who toured Europe taking promotional photographs along the way.
The comfortable juxtaposition of imagery within a single pairing encourages the viewer to establish his or her own narrative. By attempting to justify the relationship between the pairing, linking the object to the partnering environment, the initial assumption that there is a clear direct relationship becomes less certain. Under closer examination the association between the two images deteriorates as the illusion initially created starts to fracture.

Katie Fulton a Road to Memories suitcase
Katie Fulton a road to memories stick
Katie Fulton a Road to Memories
Katie Fulton had placed strange objects in the Scottish countryside to signify memories on a journey through life.

Edinburgh Napier Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Keith GuyEdinburgh Napier Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Keith Guy
Demolition Art by Keith Guy was a simple idea but aesthetically pleasing – twisted steel girders from the Fountain Brewery caught against a blue sky.

Nadine Ishaq Life Under the Veil
Nadine Ishaq Life Under the Veil
Nadine Ishaq Life Under the Veil
Nadine Is’haq looked at Life Under the Veil with a series of women posing lusciously beneath luxurious fabrics and gold chains. ‘The images are intentionally bright and effervescent; the women, although covered from head to toe appear blissful, mysterious and very much in control. They command attention as opposed to pity.’ One of her images was used on the Edinburgh Napier poster and on the front of their useful little catalogue which was handed to me as I passed through.


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