A trip down family lane with Edinburgh Napier’s photography exhibition

Edinburgh is often viewed as one the most picturesque cities, with photographic hotspots at every turn and corner.

However, Solasta Photographic Collective is hoping to focus our attention towards a more pressing issue that is growing in the society.


Poster for the exhibition Image Credit: Solasta

Formed by five photography students from Edinburgh Napier university, the collective is running a free event to display a range of work from photographers who have been exploring the range of modern family types.

The exhibition is titled ‘Post Nuclear Family’ and it explores the meaning of family, especially those that are stereotyped as ‘bad’ in the media, in a positive light.

Lauren Ray, the photographer behind the ‘Lonely Child’ exhibit said:

“We all wanted to create work that we had a personal connection with, but we also wanted to be able to tackle a subject much bigger than us. A subject that could be relatable to a great number of people not just restricted to the UK.”

The Nuclear family is defined as a couple and their dependent children, regarded as a basic social unit. However, as humanity changes, there is more than just a single way to define ‘family’.


Part of Ili’s exhibit about her non-related family in Edinburgh Image Credit: Solasta

The display promotes the inclusivity of all kinds of relationships and aims to show how diverse our society has become.

Lauren added:

“Our exhibition came together on the idea of tackling the stereotypes society has placed upon family types that do may not fit in a box. Everyone in our group has taken a family type they can relate to most and created a body of work from that.”

There will be five sections in total, each highlighting a different perspective to the theme. With the dates coming up close, the group is excited to showcase their hard work to the city of Edinburgh.

Ili Nadhirah, the photographer behind the ‘Family by Journey’ exhibit said: “This is my first ever photo exhibition. I’m nervous but excited for it. I love all my photos and everyone’s too. We put in so much work for every photograph. All of us have a different approach to the photographic work.

Lonely Child exhibit

Part of Lauren’s Lonely Child exhibit Image Credit: Solasta

“You can’t imagine the amount of work we have to put in so that we can present a good photographic exhibition to the public. I also believe that this is a good platform for me to see how it is like to present my work out to the public professionally.”

The group has faced many challenges preparing this event – from raising funds to finding the right participants – but their passion for photography is what makes them strive to do better.

Ili added:

“I have friends who come to me for advice and I always tell them to take what you’re passionate about.”


Another poster from the photography team Image Credit: Solasta

“My best advice would just be to experiment. There is no harm in trying, and the more you do something the better you get at it, so just keep going,” said Lauren.

They hope that more people will attend the exhibition and leave with a different perspective of the word ‘family’.

The exhibition will be held at Whitespace gallery and will be open to the public from the 16th March till the 22nd March.

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