As part of last October’s inaugural Develop North Photography Festival at Gray’s School of Art, an open-call was held for submissions of contemporary photography that examines the experience of North. Entrants responded to current political, social or cultural interests, as well as poetic, conceptual and critical perceptions of what it is to experience the ‘North’.
All interpretations were valid. Entries were welcomed from professionals and enthusiasts from across the northern hemisphere, entires came from close to home and as far a field as Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Russia. Using photography as a way to explore the intrinsic and shared understanding of the qualities of northerly life, sharing unique understandings of these northern environments with one another.
With over 500 entries were received, with 25 finalists then selected by a panel of professionals from Gray’s School of Art and printed by Metro Imaging. The free exhibition was located on St Nicholas Street in the busy heart of Aberdeen and ran from 17th June – 17th July.