Owen Logan, Oil Lives, 2002 - 2003

Series of 10 specially commissioned digital composite images

Owen Logan (b. 1963 Edinburgh) Lives and works in Edinburgh.

These photographs stem from Logan's close collaboration with five sitters who had been involved in an oral history project at the University of Aberdeen. The oil industry has played an important role in the UK economy, but its impact has always been controversial. The depth of that unease is brought out in these pictures.

The five sitters are Flora MacDonald, Jim Milne, Chairman and Managing Director of the Balmoral Group plc, Bob Ballantyne, a survivor of Piper Alpha, Alexa Reid, an off-shore stewardess and ‘agony aunt’ and Johnnie Morrison, a groundsman who tended the Piper Alpha memorial in Aberdeen’s Hazelhead Park.

Oil lives, digital print

Artist Biography

Owen Logan has been practising as a freelance photographer since 1979, often focusing on the documentation of other cultures, such as the Sikh community in Britain and abroad, life in Morroco and Italian communities in Scotland.