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John Macpherson

The American Dream

John Macpherson

There’s lots of images. Too many. Too many deaths. Too many injuries. This image by David Becker stopped me for many reasons. (one of a series of striking & thoughtful images here). It’s not the worst image you can find, but it’s one that I thought deeply affecting. Their ‘cowboy’ look, her boots, their hats. At…

Small Town Inertia

John Macpherson

Photography: Investment. Money. Influence. Power. Insight. Yes, all those things are here in an article in The Guardian entitled How Photography Became the Hottest New Investment Choice: Dropping thousands of £’s on a photo is only for a few very wealthy collectors. What about the rest of us? Well how about instead of investing in a…

Lowkey – Ghosts of Grenfell

John Macpherson

Not just a great piece of music, but great video production too. This just ‘works’ – powerful and moving. But this is more than just music and images…its about absence and what we fill that space with…and also guilt, responsibility, and perhaps ultimately accountability.  

A fond farewell

John Macpherson

  I was certain William’s loud wail of protest had reached the ears of the vet in the room above. I could tell by her face when I went upstairs a few moments later she had indeed heard it all. I’d just explained to William what ‘going to sleep’ means when a vet visits to…

From Lesotho to Lewis: observations on Vintage Patronising Crap

John Macpherson

When I was in my early teens, around 1976, I took a wander through a few countries in Southern Africa. “You should visit Lesotho” someone suggested. “Great countryside and the Basotho people are really colourful with their blankets and horses” said another. So I hitchhiked into Lesotho and got a lift with a young Chinese guy…

A week like no other.

John Macpherson

  I’ve just had a memorable week. My mum died, and we buried her. That’s the short version. The long version? Well, permit me the indulgence to weave a tale that encompasses laughter, tears, xenophobia, illness, memory and brilliant crystalline light. I’ve decided to do this because a few days ago I stood with my arms around…

Beyond The Frame

John Macpherson

Photographs are intriguing things. They show you stuff. You can look at a photo and see everything in it. And sometimes when ‘the story in an image’ is not fully visible, you can often look at several related images and gain a more rounded view, understand more about what is being shown. You might think that…

Skye’s The Limit

John Macpherson

Need a wee break from all that Brexit nonsense? This might be for you. Untaxing, easy on the eye and no unforeseen problems. I took a few days off last week and went to the Isle of Skye. For those of you uncertain where Skye is, it lies off Scotland’s west coast. It’s big, the second largest island in…

Islamic Fun………..

John Macpherson

It’s fairly common these days for the word ‘Islamic’ to be followed by that second word ”Fun…’ but continuing with the additional …‘damentalism’ tacked on the end, usually on the front of a newspaper, and going on to tell us why we should all be afraid.  Which is a shame. The notion of a group of…

“I Have a Name” (…and now I have a face too)

John Macpherson

  Every now and again you cross paths with a stranger, and from that collision of orbits something unexpected occurs. It happened to me some months back when photographer Ray Ketcham contacted me via email and tentatively enquired whether I’d be interested in writing an essay to be included in a forthcoming book he was…