Eccentric, stylish photography by Anja Niemi

The eccentric characters in these photos by Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi illustrate her love of ‘a combination of darkness and humour’. Describing herself as ‘a narrative photographer with a fashion and film inspired aesthetic’ Niemi moved left Norway and moved to London to study at the London College of Printing. Below are ‘Behind Closed Doors’ explores her fascination with privacy, and what people might get up to behind closed doors.

Fife Fisherman; portraits and recipes

Three years ago photographer Caroline Trotter was driving past fish sheds in St Andrews and saw local fisherman Jim Buttercase (above) sitting amongst the nets. She persuaded him to have his portrait taken and that was how Caroline’s series of portraits of Fife fisherman began. While Caroline was taking the pictures, her husband, the chef Christopher Trotter chatted to the fisherman about their favourite fish dishes providing inspiration for his

Local Christmas Shopping Guide #2: art and craft

Unless you’re buying for Alex Salmond, it’s too late to commission a full size portrait of your loved one for this Christmas but all of the artists and makers featured here offer commissions and vouchers for their work which would make an exciting start to 2016 for anyone lucky enough to receive one. Pictured above is a typically vivid piece by celebrated illustrator Jill Calder. Calder is based in Cellardyke

Striking photos of 60s & 70s Scotland

Between 1968 and 1971 Nick Hedges photographed some of the dire housing conditions in Glasgow and Edinburgh for the charity, Shelter. Nearly 50 years later he has agreed that the photos can be used in an exhibition in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.  Until now usage had been restricted to protect the families featured. Nick remembered how one woman told him that just a few days before, she had been in bed

Scots photographer shortlisted in Iphone awards

Scottish photographer, Ruairidh McGlynn was placed first in one of the Iphone Photographer Awards’ (IPPA) categories. The category was Trees and he explains how the atmospheric photos of the tree in the Middle East (below) came about. ‘While on a trip to Qatar earlier this year, I met up with a photographer that I’d connected with on Instagram. We ventured out into the desert bordering Saudi Arabia. As the light

Blue Fields: Biggar photogapher shortlisted for Sony World Photographic Awards

Such a bizarre world is captured in these stunning pictures. Blue Fields was shot by Scottish landscape photographer Simon Butterworth at a solar salt operation in Shark Bay, the westernmost point of mainland Australia. The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 & 5,000ft with Simon hanging out of an open door, strapped in with just a seat belt. The series was shortlisted for this year’s

Renaissance-style fast food

A metaphorical two fingers to the healthy eating mafia or a side swipe at the popular trends in food art? German artist Rebecca Rutten, aka Becky Fuchs, leaves it open to interpretation. She simply notes that junk food is generally cheaper and more accessible than healthy food.

Diane Arbus at Kirkcaldy Galleries from 14 February

The work of legendary photographer Diane Arbus (1923- 1971) can be seen at Kirkcaldy Galleries from 14 February until 31 May. Arbus challenged concepts of identity, beauty and normality. Her photography revealed the complexities of human nature and relationships, making the ordinary extraordinary and the misunderstood familiar. Featuring twenty of her seminal pieces, this exhibition explores how her work reflected the social, political and economic changes taking place throughout the United

Celine ad not Joan Didion’s first

Fantastic to see the great Joan Didion, at 80, appearing as the face of Celine. She has however modelled before. Back in 1989 she was pictured with her now sadly deceased daughter Quintana for Gap. Didion’s memoir about the loss of Quintana – Blue Nights – was published in 2011. Just a couple of years earlier Didion had published the incredible Year of Magical Thinking about the death of her