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West Lothian College hosts Breathing Space photography exhibition

Photographer Allan McGregor's 'Breathing Space' exhibition is being hosted at West Lothian College's Creative Centre Gallery from Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December, from 9am to 4pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is a powerful and sometimes poignant documentary- style portrayal of a suburban area of Scotland's capital that includes Craigmillar, Niddrie, Greendykes and Newcraighall in severe economic decline in the early 1990s.

The intentional repetitive nature of this cohesive body of work highlights how the social and physical structure of an area can quickly deteriorate leading to a living space where its inhabitants become imprisoned in a wasteland with almost no prospective employment opportunities. However bleak and desolate the urban environment had become those inhabitants are portrayed in a community spirit that celebrates survival and which appears to offer more than a ray of hope.

Hazel Brady- Business and Creative Centre Head, West Lothian College said: "We are delighted to host this exhibition which we hope will inspire our own photography students.  The exhibition is free and open to the public, I'm sure that it will be of interest to all of our students, members of the wider community, and local photographers."

The photographer, originally from Galloway, worked as photographer for the Craigmillar Festival news in the community from 1989-1991. His vision then through the undertaking of this body of work was an attempt at portraying suburban Scotland in a state of severe neglect and abandon where its citizens had become disenfranchised and almost forgotten by the rest of the nation.

The exhibition at West Lothian College concludes a summer tour of of Allan McGregor's work which was previously shown at the White House Galleries in Craigmillar, Edinburgh from June through to September earlier this year.

A limited edition softback publication (90 pages containing all 104 images of which 70 are exhibited) entitled Breathing Space signed and numbered by the author is available on a first come first served basis.

Framed images only from the exhibit are also for sale with a percentage of the proceeds being apportioned to support the college's HNC photography student group's future European field trip planned for March 2016.