The URBAN PORTRAITS DUMFRIES project aims to create portraits of people in Dumfries town centre locations
and treats the town itself as an urban canvas, a vast set of impressions, colours, textures, frames and shapes.

Many thanks to all Doonhammers who volunteered to take part in our August/September photo shoots on the streets of Dumfries!!! It was a fun and exciting experience!

So far we used Waterstones bookstore entrance for an urban family portrait, had a toy tea party at Friars Vennel, played on Devorgilla bridge, experimented with light and shadows in the narrow alleys and explored the rich colours of Irish Street. We made passers-by smile on the suspension bridge and had Nithsdale reflected in the mirror. We walked dogs, drank coffee and danced in the town centre.

Alas, this shooting part of this project has almost finished, although I have a couple of more urban portrait session ideas that would enhance my main concept of exploring Dumfries creatively through new faces and unexpected locations. I am in the process of curating the results for my portfolio and writing blog essays about my experience.


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"Studio can be anywhere you believe it is."
- Douglas Kirkland