Craig Gibson

University: The City of Glasgow College and University of the West of Scotland

Genre: DocumentaryPortraiture 

Website: www.gibbers.co.uk

Artist Statement: My work varies from project to project, as a graduate I'm still testing the water, trying different approaches to suit what it is I am trying to explore. I like using photography as a gateway into subjects I am unfamiliar with. Which is exactly what my degree project Born After Birth was about.

 From the series  Born After Birth

From the series Born After Birth

What are some standout moments from your time at university? I was given a solo show within the college during my HND for a project I had done at the time called Suspense which I was really pleased with at the time.  For my degree year it was probably winning 'Project of the Year' for my project (Born After Birth). Otherwise I just enjoyed going to other shows and working alongside other students. 

  From the series  Born After Birth

From the series Born After Birth

Which photographic genre do you consider your work to fall into, and what themes do you find yourself exploring? I would say I fall under documentary and portraiture, I just enjoy exploring things I know little about. I am constantly looking for strange clubs or cult-like gatherings. 

Do you have a favourite photographic journal? I probably like the most obvious one which is the BJP. But I'm constantly looking at what websites like Vice and Dazed are showing. I buy Hotshoe from time to time too.

Your work has been in a number of exhibitions to date, how do you go about getting your work seen? I constantly e-mail publications asking for feedback. I enter competitions that I know that I am not necessarily going to win or be featured in but if it's a good judging panel it's a great way to get your work in front of people who may not come across it on their own. 

  From the series  Born After Birth

From the series Born After Birth

Is social media important to you as a working photographer? Social media is a great way to show your work and connect with other creatives, it is not vital but it certainly goes a long way in showing work to a wider audience with very little work involved. It can really work if you use it right.

  From the series  Born After Birth

From the series Born After Birth

  From the series  Born After Birth

From the series Born After Birth

Do you have a particular body of work that you have really enjoyed making? I really enjoyed making Born After Birth, it was the first time I was truly out of my comfort zone. Some of the events I was attending were making me feel really un-easy and that was quite an interesting process to go through. I particularly enjoyed designing the layout of the zine as that was completely new to me too, it's a great way to really process your images and curate how you want the viewer to see them. 

How do you incorporate your research into a series you are working on? Research is great and it is a huge part of any project but I try not to get too bogged down on it. I pretty much research to see if anyone has made similar work and how they went about shooting/presenting it. I find it easier to research by going to shows and getting inspired that way - Google is great for facts and figures when it comes to your statement but it doesn't inspire me to make work.