James Chris Parker has recently graduated with a first class photography degree from Edinburgh Napier University and divides his time between working on new projects, shooting commissions, teaching and writing about photography.
‘This month I visited and will shortly finish a review on the PhotoMonth Festival in London where I enjoyed a week of photography, look out for that soon. My personal work consists of documentary and portraiture projects that usually revolve around a social issue or environmental concern. I use medium format film cameras that allow me to compose each image and control that I wish to present. Recently I have enjoyed looking at and using archival images of my family and composing work digitally within a quite project post university, ‘Paddling with C’ – perhaps a comment on the creative madness of the past four years. I’ve been influenced from photographers such as Bryan Schutmaat, Alec Soth, Chloe Dewe Matthews and Joel Tettamanti to name a few, but I can also be found pondering over space and satellite imagery, I’m fascinated with that whole, “extension of the human eye” thing satellites have going on.’
‘I’m currently developing a new project about my hometown and the effects that the mining strike has had on the area – particularly as this is the 30th/31st anniversary of the yearlong strike. I am particularly enjoying shooting back here with clean eyes and with a clearer idea of the direction Im heading – on a project i’ve been wanting to do for years. I’ve also been recently selected for StreetLevel Photoworks (Glasgow) annual FutureProof Exhbition, which looks to collate a selection of this years graduate work in Scotland featuring my project ‘Gorgie’ which you can find on my website.’