One of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Festival is David Mach’s exhibition ‘Precious Light’, on now at the City Art Centre. Visiting the exhibition at the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting David Mach, who is a previous nominee for the Turner Prize and a Professor of Sculpture.
‘Precious Light’ celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the King James Bible. Comprised of photo and collage work over four floors of the art centre, each piece takes it’s inspiration from the Bible – and some of the pieces are very large. Mach has moved his studio into the top floor of the Art Centre, and visitors can watch him creating his final piece of the exhibition, a vast collage piece entitled ‘The Last Supper’. Notable pieces in the collection include the Devil’s Head, made entirely of matches (and a copy of which was set ablaze at the opening of the Festival); but the highlight has to be the enormous crucifixion scene, ‘Golgotha’, which fills the ground floor of the Art Centre and which is quite breathtaking.
Mach’s own website has this to say of the exhibition –
The exhibition, over three years in the making, explores the themes and legacy of the King James Bible in the year of its 400th anniversary. The text is widely regarded as one of the most influential works in the English language. Precious Light, which represents the Turner-nominated artist’s largest solo show to date, is a contemporary imagining of the King James Bible in collage, sculpture and words.
Sitting on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, I spotted this man across the street. He sat there in the same position for a very long time, fairly oblivious to all that was going on around him. Occasionally he would start laughing and I can only assume he was listening to something amusing on his iPod. Regardless, he made a good subject for a candid portrait.
When I saw this lady, I immediately thought of a Fifties film-star going unobtrusively about her business in the city.
Clearly once a very good looking lady, she had maintained her sense of style and elegance and still had ‘it’.
I thought the cigarette was a nice touch.
This couple had done what any sensible person would do on a very warm and sunny afternoon in one of the loveliest cities in the world – they had stopped for ice cream. Standing there, with the city skyline beyond them, I thought this might make an interesting image.
The shot of this gentleman was perhaps my favourite from a day spent in Edinburgh. I had seen him on the Castle Esplanade and once he realised he was about to be photographed, he moved away. Later on, I saw him again on the Castle ramparts and this time, he maintained his position whilst I made the image. He was very photogenic and his pose here was good for the final image. I converted the image to monochrome in post-processing, which I felt suited the image.