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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Student charity Nightline emphasises the importance of World Mental Health Day

The Edinburgh Nightline charity is attempting to tackle the growing problem of mental health issues among university students in the capital.

One in four students in Scotland are currently suffering with a form of psychological illness.

Today, on World Mental Health Day, the Scottish Government have announced that they are increasing the funding for mental health services by £500,000 to help deal with the growing amount of people who have a mental illness.

A student experience survey conducted by the Guardian, showed that 87% of first year students struggle to cope with social or academic aspects of university life. Finances, exams and transitioning to living away from home all pile on the pressure to new and existing scholars.

Nightline is a student service that provides for all of the universities throughout Edinburgh.  It is an anonymous and confidential listening service, which people can call or message online to talk about any of their problems.  

Nightline offers support and information every night of term from 8pm-8am

The charity’s networking coordinator, Sophie Mair, believes that the amount of students experiencing depression, anxiety and stress will only get worse if extra support is not provided.

She said: “Mental health is a big problem in Scotland and it’s only going to get larger if resources aren’t in place to help students.

“Nightline is an imperative student service, it is a confidential, non-judgemental listening service that is open during the night when a lot of other services are closed and people feel more vulnerable.

“The idea of the service isn’t to offer advice, but rather to just listen and support as much as possible.”

Students can get involved with the charity to provide support by volunteering for the group.

The volunteer stated: “Applications for volunteering happen around September, October and February of each year.

“We have just closed applications for this semester, however, they will open again next February.

“Sessions are run before the application deadline to give people an idea of what the service is about and if it’s something they would be interested in joining.”If you have any problems that you would like to talk to someone about in confidence you can call Nightline on: 0131 557 4444

Or you can chat with a volunteer online at: http://ednightline.com/instant-messenger/

Written by Kirsty-Ann Wilson

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