“I hope it inspires others”: photographer’s MS diagnosis inspires first exhibition
Published on 11 October 2023
A photographer’s change of perspective following a multiple sclerosis diagnosis has formed the basis of a new display at V&A Dundee.
The exhibition, Multiple Exposures, details Graeme’s world from his vantage point, with his low line of sight prompting visitors to look at the world from the point of view of someone living with a disability.
“All of us have the capacity to express ourselves creatively in some way,” says Graeme.
“For me, the camera is my companion almost everywhere I go. It encourages me to value the everyday as much as the extraordinary, and to concentrate on really looking at the world around me.
“When it comes to photography, my relatively low line of sight can be an advantage. It is apparent in the images within the display, where photographing from near ground level can capture certain reflections or tricks of light. When capturing shots involving water, sometimes only the faintest ripple gives a clue that what appears to be solid is actually liquid.”
Graeme received his diagnosis in 1994. An expert in architecture, his passion for photography was rekindled by this life-changing event. The first public display of his work is a prelude to the publication of his first book, which shares the same name as the exhibition.
The opportunity to showcase his talent at V&A Dundee is fitting, with Graeme having been part of the team that picked Kengo Kuma as architect for the iconic venue. The display features black and white photographs of the V&A taken over the last five years.
“To host my first public display at V&A Dundee is such a gratifying experience,” Graeme adds.
“I have a deep, personal connection with this building already, but I never thought I would have the opportunity to share my photography in such a remarkable venue.
“I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have enjoyed some incredible experiences, but this display has proved to myself that I won’t let my diagnosis hold me back, and I hope it inspires others with MS to feel the same way.”
Multiple Exposures runs daily at V&A Dundee until mid-November.
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