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Ballater photographer inspired by solitude


Fiona Stephen (23) from Ballater will graduate on 13 July from Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen with a BA (Hons) in Photographic and Electronic Media, after displaying her work to the public at the School’s 127th annual Degree Show, sponsored by BP.

Fiona Stephen Photographic & Electronic MediaFiona, a former pupil at Aboyne Academy, had always been interested in art, and photography in particular, making Gray’s a natural choice when she left school. 

Fiona decided to specialise in photography after becoming hooked when working in the dark room. At a time when photography is moving to digital, Fiona decided to go back to film, discovering the buzz that comes from experimenting with film and seeing how images turn out under different conditions.

During her final year, the dark room facilities at Gray’s were refurbished and expanded.  She said, “The new facilities really made a huge difference to my work and my only regret is that I didn’t have them for longer during my time at Gray’s. Any new students will enjoy one of the best and largest dark room facilities in Scotland.”

The inspiration for Fiona’s work was preservation of self.  She said, “Artists frequently experience periods of solitude by the nature of what they do and I was interested in how this affects their work.”

Fiona produced a series of stunning images based on the home environment which were designed to conjure up memories and life experiences in the viewer.

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2012, sponsored by BP, showcased a plethora of undergraduate talent across a range of disciplines including 3D and product design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fashion and textiles, graphics, digital media, visual communication, photography and electronic media.

Following graduation, Fiona is keen to follow a career in photo book publishing.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer | Design & Technology
Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206
Email: s.j.grieve@rgu.ac.uk.