Gavin Smart

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An image taken from my latest series, a gentle meditation on mental health and the value of human companionship amid the COVID-19 crisis. As a freelance photographer I currently face almost no employment or income, and like many across the country, this crisis hit hard, causing feelings of worry, fear, isolation and loneliness. The photographs in this ongoing series are memories of private moments, at times when I felt it most acutely, helping to make sense of this challenging and distressing situation.

An image taken from my latest series, a gentle meditation on mental health and the value of human companionship amid the COVID-19 crisis. As a freelance photographer I currently face almost no employment or income, and like many across the country, this crisis hit hard, causing feelings of worry, fear, isolation and loneliness. The photographs in this ongoing series are memories of private moments, at times when I felt it most acutely, helping to make sense of this challenging and distressing situation.

Lauren Cuthbertson and Marcelino Sambé in Cathy Marston's beautiful ballet about the tragic life of world famous cellist, Jacqueline Du Pré. Shot for The Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet.

An out-take from a recent poster shot in support of The Royal Opera House's production of Beethoven's classic opera Fidelio.

Marianela Nuñez and Gary Avis in The Royal Ballet's production of Coppélia. Shot for The Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet.

A promotional poster image I shot for a musical version of Made in Dagenham, a dramatisation of the famous female workers strike at the Ford car plant outside of London.

A character portrait taken in support of a musical version of Made in Dagenham, a dramatisation of the famous female workers strike at the Ford car plant outside of London.

A conceptual look at environmental issues facing Scotland today. Taken from an ongoing project titled "Scotland and the Environment."

A conceptual look at environmental issues facing Scotland today. Taken from an ongoing project titled "Scotland and the Environment."

Royal ballet star Gary Avis as Dr Coppélius, in their Christmas 2019 production of Coppélia.

An image taken from my latest series, a gentle meditation on mental health and the value of human companionship amid the COVID-19 crisis. As a freelance photographer I currently face almost no employment or income, and like many across the country, this crisis hit hard, causing feelings of worry, fear, isolation and loneliness. The photographs in this ongoing series are memories of private moments, at times when I felt it most acutely, helping to make sense of this challenging and distressing situation.

A poster image shot in support of musical version of Mel Brook's classic The Producers. In this image we see failed theatrical director Roger DeBris, with the support of his loyal production team, stepping out on stage as the show girl he always dreamed of becoming!

A poster image shot in support of musical version of Mel Brook's classic The Producers. In this shot we find washed up Broadway producer Max Bialystock wrestling with his account Leo Bloom, as they try to orchestrate the biggest flop that the theatre world has ever seen!

A portrait of Willie Downie at home, seated in the "Country Music" corner of his living room. As a massive fan of all things Country and Western, this portrait is taken from a short series documenting the colourful people behind Glasgow's Grand Ol' Opry night club.

A promotional poster shot in support of a musical version of The Addams Family, that ran during Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.

A character portrait shot in support

A character portrait shot in support of musical version of The Addams Family, that ran during Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.

Taken from the series "Through the Mouse Hole," this project follows the story of a young girl who wakes up one day in the world of a small mouse, living behind the skirting boards of the family home. Inspired by Tim Burton's classic Edward Scissorhands, as well as fond memories of Tom and Jerry cartoons from my childhood.

Taken from the series "Through the Mouse Hole," this project follows the story of a young girl who wakes up one day in the world of a small mouse, living behind the skirting boards of the family home. Inspired by Tim Burton's classic Edward Scissorhands, as well as fond memories of Tom and Jerry cartoons from my childhood.

An image taken from a personal series, using small household pets as means of expressing issues of mental health.

Gavin Smart

I’m a freelance photographer and digital assistant based in Edinburgh, working throughout the UK and beyond.

I originally trained as a classical and jazz musician at London’s Guildhall School of Music, before moving to Paris as an artisan baker, working with leading French boulangerie Eric Kayser. My photographic work is as diverse as my background, bringing together many creative elements in my work. I draw particular inspiration from the art, design and photography that I was exposed to during my time in Paris.

I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, capturing their unique stories with authenticity, sensitivity and creative flair. I am comfortable working in many different photographic situations, with a strong interest in composite production and image manipulation, although environmental portraiture and documentary remain close to my heart.

My work has been widely exhibited, with highlights this year including the Royal Scottish Academy of Art at Edinburgh’s National Gallery, and the Royal Ulster Academy of Art in Belfast, and the Royal West Academy in Bristol. I have won a number of awards in the UK and beyond, highlights of which include the BIPP Student Photographer of the Year 2017, MPA Student Photographer of the Year 2018, and finalist in the 2018 AOP Awards.

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