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Celebrity photographer returns to city for exhibition
Portrait of Jo Metson Scott
Jo Metson Scott, from Nottingham, is a London-based photographer

West Bridgford photographer Jo Metson Scott has returned to Nottingham for her exhibition about local people with fascinating stories.

Jo, who has photographed Vivien Westwood, singer Little Boots and cyclist Victoria Pendleton, spent six months on the project.

She said: "[The commission] was a real privilege because you get to step into so many people's lives."

Tales from the City is at Nottingham Castle until Sunday, 19 September 2010.

Jo was commissioned by Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery in 2009. She then had the task of finding the people and their stories.

The 31-year-old wanted nominations for people that you might stumble across in everyday life but it was not easy finding them.

Jo even resorted to asking her Mum's window cleaner who suggested his ice skating grand daughter, who also has a heart condition.

Another of the people who took part was an 11-year-old gymnast called Hamish, who was nominated by Jo's mother.

"He was so adorable and shy," said Jo.

"[My portrait of Hamish] was about watching the process of him taping his hands up and getting ready for it and all the technical aspects.

"It was the pure enjoyment of him post, and pre, exercise which interested me."

One of Jo's other subjects included a pub landlady named Margaret Dove. Margaret has been running a pub on Carlton Road with her husband for 50 years.

Jo believes Margaret embodies a uniqueness about Nottingham and had a lot to say, some of it a little risqué.

"She was a fascinating woman with brilliant, wild stories of the seventies. I kept saying 'are you sure you want me to put this as your quote?' She would say 'oh yeah we used to have loads of lock-ins!'"

Hamish Brown, 2010, Jo Metson Scott
Hamish Carter during his gymnastics training. (c) Jo Metson Scott

Jo's day job includes taking pictures of celebrities for magazines and newspapers.

She has taken portraits of the film director Steve McQueen, musicians Seasick Steve, Graham Coxon and Bats for Lashes.

Does she prefer to mix with the celebs or the locals?

"It is a completely different process. I prefer meeting someone and sitting down with them, when it's a famous person [there are] time constraints and lots of pressures.

"It's a different challenge but you're always meeting fascinating people whether they are famous or not. Some people are horrible, some are lovely.

"Vivienne Westwood was brilliant. She is so confident in front of the camera. Visually she is a fantastic person to take pictures of."

Tales from the City is at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery until Sunday, 19 September 2010. Tickets to enter the castle grounds are priced at £5.50 for adults, but it is free for Nottingham city residents, except on Bank Holidays.




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