Debut exhibition for super college student

Paul Little, a BA Photography student at City of Glasgow College, is realising a long held dream as he holds his first solo exhibition.

The 37 year old has been a student at Scotland’s flagship college for four years having progressed from an NC course to Degree level. His passion for photography, however, was sealed when he attended a night class at the college. He said:

“Taking photos was a hobby for me, an interest. I joined the night class to get a better understanding of the camera and to stop shooting in auto. By the end of the first class I knew being a photographer was what I wanted to do.”

Paul, who grew up Renfrew and attended Trinity High School, left his then job of 13 years and returned to full-time education. He has never looked back and credits City of Glasgow College with changing his life.

“One hundred per cent it has changed me. I wouldn’t be here, about to embark on my first solo exhibition without the college and the lecturers - their passion and enthusiasm has been inspirational. And City campus is a crazy building, brilliant, it lives up to its name, Super Campus. The equipment and facilities we have here have made a huge difference.”

Aileen Campbell, Curriculum Head of Photography, City of Glasgow College, said:

“As with all our BA photography students Paul has really pushed himself this year. Organising and creating his first solo exhibition shows how far he has come since that first night class, his level of maturity and sense of commitment. Our aim, as a college, is to equip and prepare all our students for the world of work and we are always delighted and proud to see their talent develop and confidence grow.”

Paul is looking forward to his exhibition which is taking place at Glasgow’s Veneer Art Gallery. Entitled Cloud Island - the Nordic or Viking name for the Isle of Skye – its theme centres on his passion for landscapes and in particular the Hebrides which he fell in love with on his first visit three years ago.

“I’ve been back three times since. The sense of isolation intrigues me. I am envious of the landscape and its beauty but within that there is a struggle because of the remote location.

“I’m excited and nervous about the exhibition; apprehensive about what people will think of my work and anxious about negative reaction from the landscape community. I feel I am taking myself to a different level with this, upping my game. I’d like to be recognised as a professional landscape photographer and perhaps get a few sales, but patience is the key to this game.”

The first image Paul developed from a day’s snowboarding in Glencoe kick-started something in him.

“I knew I had made a good picture and I wanted to see how far I could go with it - and from that first click of the shutter I am now entering my Honours year. My ultimate goal is to go full circle and become a lecturer here at City of Glasgow College, but first I need to get real world experience. The rest of my life is photography.”

Paul’s exhibition is on at Veneer Gallery, 1184 Argyle Street, Glasgow from Saturday 19 May until Sunday 27 May.