Alastair our artist in residence inhabited McArthur’s Store on Cromwell Quay in Dunbar. Setting up a traditional darkroom in the store he made good use of our amazing quality of light to photograph the fishermen in the harbour as they worked perfecting his technique in wet plate collodion, a process from 1851. Using his antique cameras he also ran a series of photography workshops for adults and children through out the summer, using wet plate and solar photography techniques.
McArthurs Store was exhibited at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery in the autum recieving great aclaim from the local community and also from further afield.
“Arresting, nostalgic and contemplative, Cook’s portraits create their own atmosphere and intrigue.” Giles Sutherland, The Times [4 stars]
Alastair works predominantly with lens-based media as an analogue photographer concentrating on antique technologies and as a filmmaker using 8mm and 16mm film, combining these with digital technology to great effect. His award winning film and photography is driven by his knowledge, skill and experience as an architect: this mercurial work is rooted in place and the intrinsic connections between people, land and the sea. Alastair trained at the Glasgow School of Art then fled the country, returning after a dutiful spell in London and a more relaxed time in Amsterdam; he now lives and works in Edinburgh.
Find out more about Alastair Cook on our website here.