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Exhibition for Perthshire photographer with Down’s Syndrome who communicates through his work

David Cormack at Goldfinch Gallery
David Cormack at Goldfinch Gallery

A Perthshire photographer with Down’s Syndrome and difficulty speaking who communicates through his work will open an exhibition  this week.

David Cormack, 31, has previously had his work displayed in London and Glasgow and will on Saturday open a week long exhibit at Goldfinch Gallery in Comrie where he lives.

David Cormack from Comrie.

His father Iain said David communicates well through visual means including his photographic work, drawing and painting.

Iain said: “He has a good eye for it and it helps him communicate and show people what he has been doing.

“He loves his photography and has been doing it about 10 to 11 years and he carries his camera everywhere he goes.

Some of David Cormack’s photos.

 

“He photographs whatever he sees and he uses it as a communication aid as well as an expression aid.”

David’s work has previously been exhibited in Kew Gardens, The Proud Gallery Central and The OXO Building in London through the My Perspective exhibitions which  is permanently on tour worldwide.

His work has also been published in Shifting Perspectives – a book which brings together the work of people with Down’s Syndrome and the work of other professional photographers studying the lives of people with Down’s Syndrome.

He has also been exhibited at Trellis in Scotland and has illustrated a book written about his job at Southton Smallholding –  a small farm that specialises in social inclusion and employs people with learning and mental health issues.

Recently David’s work was chosen, along with four other artists, to be included in an exhibition at the Armadillo in Glasgow at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 2019 International Conference.

Print maker Shiela Roberts with David

The same work is due to be exhibited again at Project Ability in Glasgow from February 29 to 11 April.

Iain believes David’s approach-ability and attitude is beneficial to his work as a  photographer.

He said: “There are quite a few portraits in the exhibition because David is very sociable and people don’t tense up on him so he gets quite good photos with them and that’s one of his skills.

“He also loves the outdoors so he does quite a lot of wildlife photography.”

The exhibition at The Goldfich Gallery in Comrie will run from Saturday January 25  to February 1.

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