My Photography practice and research have developed through using the discipline in Gallery Curating, Higher Education, Schools, and in the complex contexts of Community Arts Development, where Photography is the pedagogical method of engagement to achieve a wide variety of strategic outcomes. The principle of applying Photography to develop discourse and to make national and international contributions informs my work in a number of specific initiatives.
As a Photographer, my main area of concern is Documentary with a special interest in India. I have published books on this topic, and a variety of resulting articles and radio features have been made. My curatorial practice covers a diverse range of photographic practice, both by working independently and with galleries. I have toured exhibitions in Britain, Ireland and Australia, and written, edited and produced catalogues and publications associated with these. In this respect, my contribution can involve commissioning writers and organising education events connected with exhibitions. My gallery practice includes working in a range of educational and curatorial contexts with Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Portfolio Gallery Edinburgh, Arnolfini Gallery Bristol, RPS Gallery Bath and the British Council. I am currently involved in the establishing and development of Fotospace Gallery in Glenrothes, Fife, working in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust.
I am passionate and dedicated to Photography and investigate approaches to develop its application and opportunities for emerging and established Photographers. In supporting this ambition, I have accepted invitations to be on a variety of selection panels for a range of open awards and submissions, for example the First ScotRail Press Photography Awards, the Selection Panel for the exhibition programme of Fife Space Gallery, Fife, the FOTOSPACE Open Submission 1 and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Scotland Photography Award.
Within the Photography Department at Edinburgh College of Art, I supervise postgraduate students, teach BA (Hons) and MAFA undergraduate students. My teaching areas of interest include documentary, social photography, curatorial and professional practice. I co-ordinate the visiting lecture programme “I don’t like Mondays”, external events and live projects for the students.
As well as teaching on the Fine Art - BA (Hons) programme, Colin teaches on the Photography - BA (Hons) programme.
Exploring the ways that food is used to commemorate the dead within the UK