The Art of Photography

February 7, 2018 by Perthshire Creates

What does make a really good photograph? This question along with a longstanding love of photography and the fact that most of us have a camera in our pocket these days is the inspiration behind The Art of Photography Exhibition at Frames Gallery in Perth, from 10 February to 10 March.

The digital camera on phones and devices makes photography one of the most accessible ways of creating art, however, the ‘art of a good photograph’ can be interpreted in so many different ways.  Images can be snapped and put through filters, carefully considered and laboured over with love, creativity and passion to create a truly unique image.  Old and new collide as traditional equipment and developing techniques intrigue and inspire photographers to explore new ways of working and whether the photographer’s study is macro, micro, landscape, portrait, still life or the bizarre and unexpected, The Art of Photography is fully explored in this exhibition.

Frames Gallery has invited members of Perthshire Photographic Society to submit work alongside two specially invited photographers Simon Jauncey and Dave Hunt, and the exhibition runs from 10 February to 10 March, all work is for sale, plus some work can be viewed on their website.

Cat Burton – Guardian Of The Forest

Mike Bell – River Tay in Winter

Another current photography exhibition in Perth is the Magnus Jackson: Photographer Exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery. This innovative exhibition shows the images as negatives to celebrate the wet-plate collodion process – a negative to positive photographic process that used plates individually hand coated by the photographer and exposed whilst still wet. The process is now enjoying a revival of interest and the exhibition also features the work of five contemporary photographers using collodion, including Dave Hunt whose work is included in the Art of Photography Exhibition at Frames Gallery.

Image from Magnus Jackson: Photographer Exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery

If getting to know more about different photography techniques interests you, there’s an opportunity to join an  Introduction to Cyanotype (Blueprints) Workshop at Perth Museum & Art Gallery on Thursday 15 February.  An opportunity to make your own Cyanotype photograms and prints from negatives and learn the basic health & safety, equipment and techniques to coat your own light-sensitive paper in an introductory session to alternative photography. The Museums Natural History Collection will provide inspiration.

Just as the Art of Photography is drawing to a close, there’s yet another opportunity to see photography as an art form in Perthshire, head to the Watermill Gallery in Aberfeldy to see their exhibition Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition & Stuart Low, opening on Sat 3 March at 2pm and running until 30 April.  The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition was the brainchild of photographer Stuart Low. Timed to coincide with the publication of the fourth competition book this exhibition showcases some of the best photographs from the competition, both past and present, as well as the work of Stuart Low himself. From the Borders to the rugged mountains of the Scottish Highlands, from lone trees to distant lochans the photographs shown are from some of Scotland’s most talented photographers and of its most breathtaking scenery.

The Art of Photography runs at Frames Gallery, 10 Victoria Street, Perth, PH2 8LW from 10 Feb to 10 March.  For more details visit or contact on 01738 631085


Main Top Image: October Morning near Buchanty by Simon Jauncey