About Time

About Time, currently on display at Kilmarnock’s Dick Institute, is an exhibition of photographic work that brings together images from a range of photographers and time periods, using the concept of time as a genre.


The exhibition follows a timeline from the earliest work in stop-frame photography shown in the work of Harold Edgerton; an electrical engineer who is credited as the inventor of the electronic flash. This allowed him to create strikingly beautiful photographs of objects in motion such as baton twirling, rope skipping and dance. At the other end of the spectrum, Murray Ballard explores cryogenics and Karen Robinson’s work shows would-be space travellers in her Mars One series.


The exhibition also includes work by Emmet Gowin who also uses time-lapse photography to capture moths in flight. In Edith and Moth Flight his wife, Edith is posed outdoors with moths circling around her head. Their flight patterns are captured in a long exposure so that the moths’ paths become lines of various thickness and form. 


Fashion photography is represented by Glen Luchford whose style is influenced by his interest in cinema. Preferring to work in the studio using elaborate lighting set ups he creates evocative and cinematic images. The images included in the exhibition come from the final campaigns that Luchford worked on for Prada which received considerable acclaim. His photographs for the fashion house marked the ‘top end’ of contemporary fashion photography and re-established beautiful, classic, fashion imagery in advertising campaigns.


Scottish artist and Turner Prize winner, Martin Boyce is best known for his sculpture and installation work, which won him the Turner Prize in 2011. A Partial Eclipse is a series of photographs drawn from Boyce’s large personal image archive.  The images capture spaces and structures bathed in a dark and sombre half-light.

The North Museum gallery is devoted entirely to the work of Murray Ballard’s photo series The Prospect of Immortality exploring cryogenics. The display offers a bizarre and fascinating window into this world. Ballard has gained unprecedented access into the process of freezing a person after death in the hope that scientific advances may one day be able to bring them back to life.

Approximately two hundred people worldwide are currently suspended in liquid nitrogen, with a further thousand signed up for the process after they die. Images of the technical processes involved are presented alongside portraits of the people engaged in the quest to overcome the ‘problem’ of death.


Often ridiculed for their views, Ballard’s work aims to present an objective investigation that allows us to reflect on the ethics of cryonics, and consider whether this is a fantasy world of science fiction or genuine scientific innovation.


The interpretation is enhanced by QR Tags which can be scanned with a smartphone/Ipad to provide additional information and audio files.



Don’t miss the chance to see this wonderful collection of photographs on display at the Dick Institute. For more information about this FREE exhibition, contact the Main Gallery on 01563 554343 or visit eastayrshireleisure.com


Opening hours are Tue & Wed 10am-6pm, Thu 1-8pm, Fri & Sat 10-4pm (Closed public holidays)