FONDS: Objects Speak Louder Than Words by Morwenna Kearsley in collaboration with Greater Govanhill - as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories and the Govanhill International Festival and Carnival. Twenty-five images of objects that have meaning for their owners will be on display in the shop and cafe windows around Govanhill.

In the photographs, the objects are suspended in radiant colours. Photographer Morwenna Kearsley, a resident artist in Govanhill as part of the Culture Collective programme with Street Level Photoworks captured the images with an innovative technique which showcases the objects in a whole new light. She used a 4x5 inch view camera and shot the images on colour film. Instead of using traditional lighting techniques, she used a darkened studio and a moving torch to light the image over an eight minute exposure. The end result is a shimmering silky look evocative of retro glossy advertising.

“This set-up created such a special environment in which to photograph someone’s evocative object and simultaneously listen to them explain the story behind it. It’s been such an honour to photograph these objects and to attempt to solve some of the visual problems that have cropped up in terms of composition. I’ve also met so many lovely and interesting people and feel as though I’ve been on a trip around the world through looking at the objects and listening to the stories behind them. I could continue with this project for much longer, maybe forever!” - Morwenna Kearsely 

A map will be able to download and you’ll also be able to listen to all the audio stories on this page from 12 August.

Image Caption

© Morwenna Kearsley

Opening Event

Friday 12th August at New Phoenix Cinema

  • Venue

    Window display in various locations

  • Website