Kyle Howie

Artist statement

For this project I wanted to go back to my hometown of Dundee to photograph a series of self portraits, with inspiration from the great Vivian Maier, at locations that have helped to shape my career in music. I chose the session pub where I learnt all of my folk tunes, Mennies Bar, the street corner outside Boots where I used to busk, and the Dundee Rep Theatre where I starred as piper for the original run of the play, Sunshine on Leith in 2008.

I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of success with my music career, including recording bagpipes for Disney Pixar’s hit movie, Brave, and DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 & 3 as well as many other incredible experiences such as touring all over the world with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and playing regularly for HRH The Prince of Wales at his Dumfries House Estate and Buckingham Palace.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, all of my performance work was wiped out over night. It is still unclear as to when I’ll be allowed to play for audiences again.

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating these images presented in this online exhibition. It was great to get back to Dundee for an afternoon to retrace my steps and although the pandemic has made a massive hole creatively for me with my music, the camera and studying the HND with Forth Valley College has brought me great joy and has allowed me to stay creative in other ways during such turbulent times.

I initially got into photography a few years ago as a means of documenting my life as a musician. My perspective on what photography is has been totally changed by the course and I’m discovering my artistic image creation side that has been dormant whilst I’ve pursued a music career.


HND Photography