TWO new exhibitions coming up: 1-30 April 2014 – “Reflectrospective” at A’ the Airts, Sanquhar.
29 April – 17 May 2014 – “From the reeds” at the Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright.
Before I started taking photographs I used to sketch and in such a way that I paid attention to every small detail. Interestingly, photography has somehow freed me and allows me to be more abstract in my art. I work very intuitively. If I go looking for a photograph I am often unsuccessful. The photograph comes to me if you like. When taking a successful photograph I feel an excitement overtaking me and a connection with the subject. I don’t look for the photograph and unless I feel that excitement at what I am seeing, the resulting photograph is unsuccessful. My photography has been aided by my long-time profession as a driving instructor, which has meant I have developed a keen sense of observation in everything I see and photograph.
I find that my photographs are gateways to another world and I surprise myself at how much depth there is in them at times. Many of my photographs symbolise, and sometimes awaken, very personal experiences I am living at the time and are a voyage of discovery for myself, often finding important details in the photograph at a later date. Some of my photographs have been described as being more like paintings.
If I am looking for anything through my art it is to capture moments that can never be reproduced, irreplaceable moments.
A major theme, that has developed naturally in my photographic work, is that of reflections. I love the multi-dimensional result they bring to a subject, the poised moment of contemplation. They have the effect of freeing the viewer’s imagination allowing it to travel beyond its usual limitations and boundaries. These photographs reveal that the hum drum of daily life can be viewed differently, and from a different inner space, thus breaking through barriers in self-awareness. I hope, through many of my photographs, to jog some movement in the inner workings of the viewer’s mind and help them to see differently. In contrast, I capture moments that simply express beauty, inviting the viewer to ‘just be here’, be still, and savour the moment.
29 April – 17 May 2014: “From the reeds”, Tolbooth Arts Centre (small gallery), Kirkcudbright
1-30 April 2014: “Reflectrospective”, A’ the Airts, Sanquhar
2-5 August 2013: “Parish Church Project”, Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
10-27 April 2013: “Nowhere to be but here”, Tolbooth Arts Centre, Kirkcudbright (View video of the exhibition)
1-13 October 2012: “Celebrating photography”, Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright
3-6 August 2012: Greyfriars House, Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
8-25 February 2012: “Reflections on Kirkcudbright”, Tolbooth Art Centre, Kirkcudbright
29 July–1 August 2011: Greyfriars House, Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
27 June 2011: The Selkirk Hotel, Kirkcudbright – ongoing
11– 24 April 2011: “Reflections on Venice”, The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie
30 July–1 August 2010: Peace Cottage, Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
Stewart D Baillie
Tel: +44 (0)7732 636196; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org