Ross Fraser McLean is a self-taught Scottish photographer and artist who runs StudioRoRo in Edinburgh.
Back when he was 21, Ross quit photography and worked as a gas engineer in order to save up enough cash to travel overland from St Petersburg to Tokyo, taking four months to explore Russia, Mongolia, China & Japan he documented this journey with a beaten up old 35mm film camera that he got second hand for £30. This portfolio of images gave his clients enough confidence to kick start his career without any formal qualifications. Since this initial travel he has also chronologically completed photography projects in Lebanon, across Europe, Istanbul, China (again), USA, Cuba, Hungary, India, Mexico & Morocco.
Now in his thirties, he has supported this travel 'addiction' through a multidisciplinary approach to photography, working for professional creative clients such as V&A Dundee, Edinburgh Art Festival, Glasgow School of Art, Scottish Sculpture Workshop & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew London.
He also values collaborating regularly with a variety of local Scottish artists, designers, musicians, actors, dancers & film makers. CEIBA Studio was set up in 2016 as a multidisciplinary artist studio, here he regularly hosts artist residencies within this space and documents the process through short films.
For his TALK SHOP he will introduce his practice and share images and stories of how he got to where he is today before delivering a practical workshop in studio portraiture.