The Seventh Street Level Open (4 stars)

The Seventh Street Level Open

Photo: Alex Boyd

A showcase of Scotland's finest photography talent, including Jen Wilcox and Chris Leslie

Street Level’s Open exhibition has become something of a staple event and as usual the standard is extremely high. The show this year has 19 photographers displaying their works, giving a broad and disparate overview of current approaches to the photographic process.

These range from the evocative and wistful with Jen Wilcox’s black and white landscapes of foggy and unknown, transcendental places, to the bright and bold capture of Glasgow tower blocks in the midst of their destruction, by Chris Leslie. There is strength in depth with good examples of staged scenes, visual metaphors, travel photography as well as works which reference current debates about the media. With photography straddling the past, present and future, it is ubiquitous in our lives and able to strike nostalgia instantly yet simultaneously portray absolute perfection, the full variety of its usage can be underrated.

It is difficult to pick particular artists as stand outs, such is the overall quality – Street Level’s Open is a great introduction to some imaginative and energetic photographers in Scotland. Recommended for anyone interested in techniques of image-making.

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, until Sun 3 Feb.

Street Level Open

Work by new and established photographers who are either based in Scotland or who were living there when the work was made.

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