Photography festival to return to the Highlands and Islands

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An international photography festival is making its return to the Highlands and Islands next month.

The Flow Photofest will return for its second year on September 6 showcasing an array of works by artists from across the globe across more than 20 exhibitions being held in galleries across the north.

The works exhibited – celebrating the festival’s theme, Borders – have been produced by artists from as far afield as Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Poland and across Scotland.

Matt Sillars, Flow director and chairman said: ”Flow Photofest 2019 is a tremendous opportunity for people in the local area to see a range of quality, contemporary photography by international and Scottish photographers, including four Scottish premiers by photographers from Canada, Poland and Russia.”

The festivals theme, Borders acknowledges our shifting political and personal boundaries and how photography is also evolving as an art medium and document. It addresses cultural, social, territorial, geographical, political, sexual, racial and psychological phenomena.

Among this year’s exhibitors are self-taught Canadian artists Michael Flomen and Russian artists Jana Romanova and Elena Chernyshova as well as Scottish multi-award-winning photographer Jeff J Mitchell and Forres-based artist Hannah Laycock.

During the festival, a series of artist-led workshops will be taking place in collaboration with the new Inverness Darkroom on Cyanotypes, pinholes and bookmaking, whilst Highland Print Studio run a number of photogravure workshops.

A number of exhibitions will be on display at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday ahead of the events official opening.

Flow director, Roddy MacKenzie said: “We’re really excited to present a diverse range of photographers with work that is challenging, accessible, surreal, abstract and humorous”. “There is content that includes stories of intimacy in everyday life while others focus on familiar global issues”.

Meanwhile, fellow Flow director, Paul Campbell added: “It’s great to see the 2nd festival coming to life, as a voluntary organisation we’re grateful for the support from funders and the general public across the North and beyond”.

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