Mhairi achieved a BA in Professional Photography from Edinburgh College as well as a Licentiateship from the British Institute of Professional Photography (LBIPP) in 2016. Based in Edinburgh, she is now working as a full time freelancer. Her work focuses on storytelling through portraiture and reportage photography. Mhairi also volunteers with Stills in Edinburgh and is the social media manager for the Retina Scottish Photography Festival.
FLUX is a series of portraits of young people transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Through racial diversity, physical and mental health issues, sexual discovery, a political voice, faith, families and friendships, these young people challenge the stereotype of what it is to be a young person in Scotland today.
This project was inspired by the young people who campaigned during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. For the first time in a long time, their opinions were not only heard, but significantly impacted the result. I wanted to celebrate this by exploring what else young people were capable of. I contacted a range of schools, charities, churches and youth groups with the hope of finding a diverse range of potential sitters. I expected the young people to be one thing; LGBT, religious, political, disabled, musical... But the people I met were so much more than any one label. They were, of course, multi faceted, just like an adult. I learned a lot from these young people and hope that my series conveys their abilities, personalities and lifestyles accurately.