'as others see us' - then and now
Portraits inspired by the works of poet Robert Burns
Denise Mina - novelist © broad daylight
Epigram to a Painter "You shoudna paint at angels man But try and paint the Devil" Robert Burns
The story so far…
To celebrate the year of Homecoming 2009 we produced a major exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. ‘as others see us’ features a series of contemporary photographic portraits capturing twenty-four prominent Scots and adopted Scots. Amongst the sitters were such notables as: musician Eddi Reader, actor Peter Capaldi, Clan Chief Sir Malcolm MacGregor, artist Peter Howson, Scots Makar Edwin Morgan, entrepreneur Jim McColl, novelists Janice Galloway, Andrew O’Hagan, Denise Mina and Christopher Brookmyre, broadcasters Kirsty Wark and Hardeep Singh Kohli, and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond. Each sitter produced a small body of text as a response to their favourite Burns poem communicating their own view of the relevance of Burns today. ‘as others see us’ is a celebration of Scottish culture. It illustrates the work of Burns expressing through words and pictures the work of this extraordinary man not only to the people of Scotland but to a much wider audience. After being launched in the Scottish Parliament on Burns Night, it was shown the length and breadth of Scotland including in the National Galleries during the International Festival and travelled to both Brussels and Sydney. Heralded as a great success, in total it was viewed by some 320,000 visitors. Both the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh have have acquired images from the exhibition.
Peter Howson - artist © broad daylight
Holy Willie’s Prayer "I'm here, a pillar o' Thy temple Strong as a rock," Robert Burns
The use of lighting, location and props is designed to reflect the poem and convey to the viewer the sitter’s relationship with their chosen Burns text.
Janice Galloway - novelist © broad daylight
Ca’ the yowes to the knowes "There I met my Shepherd-lad: He row’d me sweetly in his plaid," Robert Burns
Following on from this huge success we have developed and extended the project for viewing in New York in 2014 and are extremely pleased to announce that the second phase of the exhibition will be launched in the prestigious POP International Gallery, Manhattan as part of the Scotland Week 2014 visual programme. From New York it will travel to Chicago and Washington. The extended project will also be shown in Scotland at a major venue in 2014/2015.
Sitters already photographed for 2014 include, Hollywood actors Brian Cox and Alan Cumming, international bestselling crime novelist Ian Rankin, UK/US television star Ashley Jensen, Michelin starred chef Tom Kitchin, world famous musicians The Proclaimers and poet Jackie Kay.
Eddi Reader - musician © broad daylight
Lovely Polly Stewart "May he whase arms shall fauld thy charms, Possess a leal and true heart!" Robert Burns
‘as other see us’ is being supported by The Scottish Government, Homecoming, The American–Scottish Foundation, The Leith Agency and Walkers Shortbread.
Peter Capaldi - actor © broad daylight
My Jean - a Fragment "Yet dearer than my deathless soul I still would love my Jean." Robert Burns
Other sponsors are Hasselblad, Bowens, Holyrood Magazine and Mr Tommy Dreelan.
Kirsty Wark - broadcaster © broad daylight
Halloween, Verse XIII "I'll eat the apple at the glass, I gat frae Uncle Johnnie:" Robert Burns
‘as others see us‘ is a truly unique, innovative exhibition.’ - The Scotsman
‘Simple idea and beautifully evocative. This shows how the work of Robert Burns touches and inspires the lives of others.’ - Amazon review
Edwin Morgan - poet © broad daylight
The Address of Beelzebub (The Devil) to; "Go on, my Lord ! I lang to meet you" Robert Burns
Some visitor’s comments:
“Excellent and inspiring photos” - Doris Hermann, Bonn, Germany
“Very touching, meaningful and promising of the way others see us as humans. Photos are astonishing, brought back memories. Unforgettable. Thank you” - Kirsty Swan, Edinburgh
“I love the photo & poem concept - very perceptive images” - Dorothy Cowan, Morpeth
“My First time in Edinburgh. First time in Scotland all together. First time I meet Robert Burns. Enchanted. Magical. Interesting. I feel I am leaving a better person. Thank you" - A. Felio, Portugal
"You remind me of the beauty and truth of Burns' poetry. Amazing portraits" - Becky Murray, Los Angeles USA
To view sample spreads from the book visit: www.broaddaylightltd.co.uk/as-others-see-us/
"broad daylight simply understands that a picture can tell more than a thousand words." - Mandy Rhodes, Holyrood Magazine