This exhibition is the first public showing of an ongoing project capturing creative people living and working in and around the areas of Ardnamurchan, Morvern and Lochaber.
Having lived in this area for a number of years, I was aware of the many creative people in the locale and felt drawn to photograph them to highlight this wealth of artistic expression. Artists (working in various mediums), authors and musicians are included in this exhibition, captured in their own creative environments.
My aim is to portray each creative person as an individual; to create a connection between the viewer, the artist as a person and, subsequently, their work. Photographing my subjects in their own creative environments, or those which inspire their work, fascinates me. It is an education, not only in experiencing their vision, but also in the complex and time-consuming stages required to bring their ideas to a final form; be that painting, sculpture, music or writing.
For me, communication is important in my portrait photography. I believe it leads to a connection with the person, which in my opinion is essential in portraying each subject in an honest and individual way.
I photograph mainly in black and white because I feel that colour, particularly in portrait photography, can distract from the person and who they really are. Every creative person I photographed for my project is a unique individual. By looking at my portraits, I want the viewer to gain a sense and understanding of the person behind the work.
Kevin Swift is a professional freelance photographer, working in both film and digital formats. His passion for photography began when, as a young child, he was given his first plastic film camera. Later, his grandmother would buy him a sturdy film camera, which he would use to learn and grow in the medium of photography. He went on to study at Glasgow College of Building and Printing, gaining an HND in Photography and Audio Visual Production. More recently, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photography awarded by the University for the Creative Arts.