Kieran Dodds

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Scottish, 1980

Kieran Dodds is a non-fiction photographer known internationally for his research-driven photo stories and portraiture. His personal work looks at the interplay of environment and culture, and the importance of spiritual belief in global conservation.

After studying Zoology at university he trained at the prestigious Herald newspaper group in Glasgow, picking up national and international awards. His first self-assigned story - 'The Bats of Kasanka' - received 1st prize in the World Press Photo awards. A Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship then allowed him to document Tibetan culture in flux in 'The Third Pole', as pastoral nomads are resettled in highland China. On his return home he focused on political upheaval in 'Land of Scots' using the landscape to consider depictions and realities of Scottish identity through the centuries. Most recently he has been exploring the major role of spiritual beliefs in the global conservation movement, funded by the Royal Photographic Society Environmental bursary.

He lives in Edinburgh with wife Caz and twin daughters Ada and Isobel.

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Hierotopy, from Ancient Greek for sacred and place, is the study of sacred spaces, examining the relationship between art and altar, architecture and dress within Byzantine churches.

In 2014 Kieran embarked on the series of portraits depicting red-haired people in Scotland where it is a cliche of national identity.

Scotland’s is home to one third of Europe’s breeding seabirds with around a million found on the Shetland Islands in the far North.

Over the past decade, the number of people receiving food parcels from food banks in the United Kingdom has increased 40-fold with almost one million people turning up at distribution centres between 2013 and 2014.

Malawi has one cancer specialist for a population of 16 million yet cancer rates are rising and are expected to quadruple over the coming 50 years.

A journey across Scotland and Scottish history ahead of the referendum on independence on 18 September 2014.

On 18 September 2014 Scotland’s voters will decide whether to leave the 300 year old Union with England and Wales and forge ahead as an independent country.

Under the cloud of a major corruption scandal that has seen foreign governments withhold aid payments to Malawi, a small charity is achieving suprising results by safeguarding children from child labour and child marriage.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of birds fly over the island of Malta on their seasonal migration from Africa to Europe and back again.

The Tibetan plateau gives rise to the Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong Rivers, China’s three great waterways, which sustain life for some 600 million people.

In the Carron Valley Forest between Edinburgh and Glasgow, a life-size replica of a medieval fortified Scottish village is home to an unlikely group of people dedicated to educating others about their Scottish past.

Synonymous in the popular imagination with a task that is never complete, the process of painting the 2,500 metre long rail bridge that straddles the Forth of Firth near Edinburgh is a truly gargantuan task.

For centuries before the modern Olympics became an international sporting event, the Highland Games were held in the glens of Scotland where clans competed in a test of manhood.

Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is characterised by poverty, corruption, disease and oppression but the country’s people remain resilient and proud.

The Bangweulu wetlands, an ever expanding and contracting wilderness spread across 15,000 square kilometres of Zambia’s northern plateau.

Kieran Dodds followed children from two local schools and a women’s group on safari as they ventured into Zambia’s Kasanka national park.