As most of you know, we’re not just about good food and beers, we also like to showcase artwork from those in Aberdeen and nearby. The latest exhibitor to grace the walls of Musa is photographerEwan Thomson from Macduff in Aberdeenshire.
We thought we would ask him a few questions just to help break the ice with you all – something to read while you’re waiting for your Haggis Rolls…
Tell us a little about your exhibition at Musa, what’s it about – why should people come and see it?
It’s a show of all the work I’ve done over the last few years – mostly based around Macduff in Aberdeenshire where I grew up. Obviously I’m passionate about my work and want people to see it!
Did you always want to be a photographer?
When I was young I wanted to be Batman – who doesn’t? But an uncle of mine must have thought I would be better suited to shooting photographs than criminals (even though Batman fans know he doesn’t shoot criminals) and gave me a 35mm camera. From there I was hooked, took courses, ended up at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art studying photography.
You have a lot of seascapes and open environments in your online collection was this inspired by your childhood in a fishing village? Or does it just make a good bit of work?
People do like looking at them. I’m very inspired by the local area.
How do you decide on what sort of collection you’re going to create?
It all depends on what I’m doing. The animal pieces came from a trip abroad, I got really fascinated by their skin. Not in a creepy way though.
What sort of kit do you have, what’s your favourite piece of kit?
I use a Canon DLSR1100 but it’s not just about the technology. To me the photographer is as much an influence on the picture as the camera.
What tips would you give to budding photographers.
Look for the unexpected.
Photography buff question, Photoshop or Dark Room?
In recent years I’ve used Photoshop, but the most I do is contrasting, I don’t like an unnatural image.
What are your thoughts on Instagram, is it a good thing or does it take the art out of photography?
It’s a double edged sword – a lot of people who didn’t care about photography now care about it, but it also gives the tools to those who’ll take over 1000 pictures of their pug.
How do you feel about Scottish artists and the support they get, is it enough – what could be improved.
In Aberdeen, the support for artists could be improved.The referendum on Scottish independence will influence the support for Scottish art in my opinion.
Solar Flare. What I like about it is that the rust from the boat is very tactile. It’s almost like you could touch it.
Which photographers influence you, who do you admire?
Ansel Adams was the biggest influence on me. The beauty of his work is something I’ve always admired.
What is your favourite Brewdog beer?
Tokyo or 5am.