When The Blackbird Sings: Photography and Representation

When The Blackbird Sings: Photography and Representation

Photograph of woman at twilight in bushes
Sun 23 Feb 2020, 10:45 to 11:45
£6 (Standard) / £10 (Supporter)
City Art Centre
2 Market St
EH1 1DE Edinburgh

When the Blackbird Sings is a photographic exploration of femininity, fertility and ageing. The series of photographs of women and nature were all taken at twilight, over a 12 month period.  But when photographer Jannica Honey tried to share them on social media, they were regularly banned!

"In 2016 I felt compelled to reaffirm my own ‘feminine voice’ in the face of all the personal challenges and male-dominated political events. By basing my shooting schedule on moon cycles – an intrinsic feminine rhythm – I managed to channel the earth’s natural rhythms into the work, and explored my own reconnection to womanhood and femininity."

Jannica will show her work and discuss her experiences of gender imbalance on social media. She will touch on the separation between male and female bodies. How the "real" body is slowly disappearing from our visual diet and how older and bigger bodies are repeatedly removed from Facebook and Instagram.  We will reflect on who the female body is for and who controls what's deemed acceptable and what is not.

Event Leader

Jannica Honey

Swedish-born Jannica Honey moved to Edinburgh to study photography and digital imaging after completing a BA in Humanities (anthropology & criminology) at Stockholm University 1998.

After building extensive editorial experience as The List Magazine’s in-house photographer, where she shot more than 20 covers and covered the full-spectrum of arts, travel, food and events, she began focusing on more challenging subjects in a series of photo essays. In 2011 Honey spent several months photographing lap dancers in Edinburgh for an exhibition premiered at the city’s Festival Fringe, providing a candid and unusual perspective.

The following winter she visited the Mohawk reservation in Kahnawake (Montreal) portraying residents including chiefs, peace officer and drug dealers. Later that year she returned to her native Stockholm to document the life of a group of ageing amphetamine addicts, a community her recently deceased aunt had belonged to.

In the summer of 2013 Honey was given unprecedented access to photograph the Orange Order’s controversial parade through Glasgow, capturing both the marchers and by-standers.

A significant proportion of her recent work has focused on musicians (subjects include The Killers, Emma Pollock, Frightened Rabbit, The Horrors and Young Fathers) with her photographs appearing in The Guardian, LA Times, Aftenposten, Svenska Dagbladet, The Scotsman, the Sunday Herald, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Tank, Aesthetica Magazine and Swedish Gaffa.

Honey’s latest project is her most ambitious to date and sees her working within the constraints of the brief interludes of twilight and only shooting on the new and full moon over 12 months.

’When The Blackbird Sings’ portrays the multiple aspects of the female cycle through photographs of women and nature (Sweden/Scotland).