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Kit Martin

Kit Martin
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Biophilia, a term coined by the biologist E. O. Wilson, meaning an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world, resonates with me. With a background in biology and photography, an innate fascination with and connection to the natural world and a love of old things, I feel at home in Museums. I delight in having such close contact with the creatures, every one of which has a story to tell. They sit silently in the stores. I use low-tech lighting. Some are lit with desk lights, others with fibre-optic lights once used to light microscope slides, or strips of LED lights. I enjoy this approach to photography – using what is at hand, experimenting and keeping things simple.

I sometimes make photographs with objects and cyanotype chemicals, using the sun to make the exposure. The unpredictability of this interests me and I enjoy showing others the process. I am currently working with pollinators and some of the plants they visit. The variety of these indispensable creatures is incredible and I find spending time with them very relaxing. They help put things into proportion.
Exhibitions
Solo:
Sept 2018, Lightwave, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther
Mar-June 2018, Bones, Perth Museum and Gallery
June 2017, McNaughtons Bookshop & Gallery, Edinburgh
October 2016, East Neuk Open Studios, St Monans
Aug 2016, Taste Coffee Shop, St Andrews Photography Festival
March-May 2016, Skyward; A study in flight; Gateway Galleries, St Andrews
Sept 2015, St Monans Art Festival, St Monans

Joint:
September 2017, Brechin Town House Museum, with Hetty Haxworth

Group:
Aug-Sept 2018, Current, VAS, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay
August 2018, Printroom Dundee, Birnam Arts, Dunkeld & Birnam
July-Aug 2018, Because We Can, Shutterhub at Festival Pil'Ours, France
May-June 2018, Red Light, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto
June 2018, NATURAL Studies of Wonder, Specto Art Space, Virginia, USA
May 2018, Portraiture, Specto Art Space, Virginia, USA
Jan-Feb 2018, Photovoice Members Exhibition, Photofusion, London.
Jan-Feb 2018, Analogue Dreams, Seventeen, Aberdeen
August 2017, Printroom Dundee, Edinburgh Drawing School
June-July 2017, Shutterhub OPEN; Retina Festival, Edinburgh
Feb 2017, Printroom Dundee, Frames Gallery, Perth
Dec 2016, Dundee Print Studio winter exhibition, Dundee
June-July 2016, Shutterhub OPEN; Nori, Cambridge
June 2016, Print Festival Scotland, Dundee Contemporary Arts
May 2015, Avery & Co, Dundee (Blue Sky Photo Club)
Aug 2013, Dundee Print Studio summer exhibition, Dundee
July 2013, Perth Road, Dundee (Blue Sky Photo Club)
May 2013, Roseangle, Dundee (Blue Sky Photo Club)
Polygonatum
  • Kit Martin
  • Polygonatum
  • Digital print
Myosotis
  • Kit Martin
  • Myosotis
  • Digital print
Asio otis
  • Kit Martin
  • Asio otis
  • Darkroom
Haematopus ostralegus
  • Kit Martin
  • Haematopus ostralegus
  • Darkroom

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