Gym Boy

16.07.2012 | Blog | BY:

Two years ago photographer Jo Metson Scott met Hamish and she’s been following his progress ever since. Hamish is a member of the Elite Great British Gymnastic squad.  He is one of the country’s top athletes; dedicated, focused, muscular, and twelve years old.

Through her work Jo has documented Hamish’s life and the graft needed to make is as an elite gymnast have shaped every single aspect of his life.

“Hamish’s command of movement makes his body seem powerful and weightless and it is easy to forget that he is still a child. He spends more time in the gym than he does at school,” says Jo. “His training partners are his closest friends but also his competitors. They depend on each other immensely, both physically and emotionally, but ultimately they will end up competing against each other and there will only ever be one winner.”

Bestowing an empathetic awareness of the strength and vulnerability central to Hamish’ life, Jo uses muted colour tones and soft blurred shapes to accentuate the beauty and control of the young gymnasts’ bodies.

With the London Olympics approaching it is a timely exploration of a life dedicated to becoming an elite athlete.  The journey to compete in the Olympic games starts many years before the competition.

Gym Boy will be exhibited at B store, kingly Street, London until 26 August.


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Walk The Line

08.05.2012 | Art , Blog , Thoughts | BY:

For the past five years, London-based photographer Jo Metson Scott has been travelling back and forth to America, photographing and speaking with US marines who spoke out against the invasion of Iraq. The resulting project The Grey Line combines photographs and words in an attempt to examine the personal struggles of men and women grappling with doubt on the frontlines of the “War on Terror”.

Below are some exclusive previews taken from Jo’s scrapbook, where she’s documented the journeys, stories and testimonies of men and women who spoke out about their doubts at varying consequences.

The Grey Line will be published and exhibited in 2013 to coincide with the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq a decade ago.

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