Stonehaven photographer’s pictures placed on show

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A selection of elegant porcelain dolls, Barbie dolls and rag dolls will come to life through creative and colourful photography at a student exhibition in Aberdeen later this month.

Commercial photography students from Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have completed their final major projects which will be on show from next Tuesday until Sunday, May 14 - 19.

The exhibition will be held at Gray’s where several projects will be on display including, fashion photography, night time photography around Aberdeen and Scottish landscape photography.

Amongst the talent on show at the exhibition, where students were tasked with creating images which could be used by a commercial client, Sari Fraser (42) from Stonehaven will display her final year project which uses a selection of models to tell the story of dolls from her childhood coming to life through colour and fashion.

Sari’s photographs are due to be published in a book later this year and her work has been influenced by a number of factors.

She said: “Dolls are a particular favourite of mine as I find them a little creepy but beautiful at the same time. Drawing upon my childhood experiences with dolls I wanted to create a body of work which combined both these feelings.

“My photographs use fashion and art to show the start of a doll’s life and depict the change from a fragile and much loved toy through to a broken, unloved doll. Using a mixture of techniques to reflect the personality of the dolls, the story begins with muted colours and changes gradually to bright, vibrant colours.

“Natural beauty, history, art, vintage finds and childhood memories are my main influences,” she added. “I love to incorporate these elements alongside my love of storytelling which has created an interesting mix. I also have a keen interest in movies and art and I wanted to incorporate props, lighting and colours from both into my work. I am a fan of famous photographers Tim Walker, Sarah Moon and Paolo Roversi, and my images are heavily influenced by them.”