Robert Andrew Mercer

Mary is a relic of a Glasgow long vanished. She grew up in the tough Gorbals area, is a gifted storyteller about life in the old Glasgow tenements. The portrait captures some of her personal story: an aged wisdom, a fearlessness, a rich contentment.

For me, photography is a social science as well as a science of light, shadows, chemistry, and technology. It is a vehicle for a deeper analysis of what is happening in the world around and within me. I took the photograph with a Hasselblad 503cxi, using Kodak Tri-X 400 film, with window-light.

SPA 2017 Exhibition, Mary from Glasgow Gorbals, 60 x 60 cm (framed), Scanned negative, inkjet print, fine art photo rag, £240