Director Lou MacLoughlan’s film is a moving account of the investigative and creative power of the self-portrait. Her film was commissioned as a creative response to the Mirrors: Prison Portraits project.

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Director – Lou McLoughlan

Lou has produced gripping accounts of previous NGS Outreach Projects, and was strongly committed to joining us to record the experiences of participants on two of the prison projects. She has worked in close collaboration with Robin Baillie and the participants at HMP Shotts, and has also covered the project at HMP Greenock.

Lou’s ability to encourage the participants to share their thoughts about the artistic projects they have been involved in
adds great depth to the outcome of the project overall. The men and women taking part have been encouraged to use the presence of the film camera to further deepen the reflective nature of the project’s aim.

Lou’s camera has acted as an extra ‘mirror’ to the process of individuals exploring themselves to develop routes out of offending.

The is being shown as part of the Mirrors: Prison Portraits exhibition in the National Galleries of Scotland.