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Kenneth Gray

Today we’re featuring Kenneth Gray who’s based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kenneth’s shown work revolves around two locations, Foutainbridge and The Lanes, both in Scotland.

We liked his work because of the simple documentary nature of the series, which focuses on the changing landscape of the city, and how the scenes he captures – full of eyesores and dirt and grime – turn into something beautiful to look at with his use of good composition and understanding of how certain shapes work well together. Read below to find out more:

I’m a graphic designer and photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shown in this feature is work from two different series – Fountainbridge and The Lanes. I’m especially interested in how Edinburgh, a city I have lived in for nearly thirty years, is changing.

The Fountainbridge area, which used to house the McEwan’s Brewery, is being regenerated. The FountainPark leisure complex is part of this, as is the new accommodation for students of Napier University and the proposed new home for the Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop. It will also house the new Boroughmuir School.

At the moment though, a great deal of Fountainbridge is an empty space, which I feel needs to be recorded as it changes. There are new office developments next to barren land, and a historic library next to a multi-screen cinema complex. It’s contrasts like these that draw me to the area. I’m trying to record it in a very matter-of-fact way; without distortion.

The Lanes focuses on a couple of streets which run behind Rose Street in the centre of Edinburgh. Rose Street itself is a bustling pedestrianised street, full of bars, restaurants and shops. But it’s the lanes behind the main thoroughfare which I’m interested in – the workings of the streets if you like. At first glance the lanes are full of nothing much. But there is interest here – the Executive Sauna entrance next to the Card Shop fire exit, the crumbling stone, the extractor fans. This is what goes on behind the facade.

I am influenced by photographers like Stephen Shore and Iain Sarjeant, but also by artists like the Boyle Family, Robyn Denny and Ben Nicholson.

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