Back by popular demand! Milk and Honey at the English-Speaking Union Scotland

18th July 2014

Milk and Honey: Beyond the American Utopia
Photographs by Sheila Masson

August 1-29 2014.

English-Speaking Union Scotland
23 Atholl Crescent

Back by popular demand! After an extremely successful run at St. Margaret's House in Edinburgh, I'm delighted to announce that Milk and Honey: Beyond the American Utopia will be on display again in Edinburgh throughout August, alongside the world-famous Edinburgh festival. Milk and Honey is being exhibited in the dedicated gallery space of the English-Speaking Union on Atholl Crescent in the historic and beautiful New Town area of Edinburgh. (Please scroll down for the schedule and a map.)

Having returned to the United Kingdom after 20 years in the United States, photographer Sheila Masson was frequently asked how she could have left a country that is often perceived as being “the land of milk and honey”. Drawing on two decades of images from her photographic archives, she has curated an exhibition that suggests underlying feelings of tension, fear and disquiet. These sometimes unsettling photographs reveal an alternative view of the USA, removed from the usual glamourous and jingoistic images frequently seen in the media.

“As a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States I often feel that I have a conflicting and shifting relationship to both countries, due to my insider/outsider position. While living in the USA I had both a detachment and a connection to the political, social and geographic landscape and this manifested itself in the ability to record different facets of the same story. Some of these images were taken during specific assignments while I was working as photojournalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I knew that they would never be published in my newspaper due to their content but regardlessly, I felt a need to record the scene for myself. Therefore these images are a personal collection of “other moments” from a life in a country that is far more complex, frustrating and complicated in reality than its frequently glossy image.”

The wonderful people at Summerhall TV in Edinburgh also filmed a nice interview while the exhibition was at St. Margaret's House:

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