About Us

Stories. Memories. Struggles. Passions. Hopes.

A Recollective project is an exacting, sensitive and comprehensive study of a place and its people.

We use photography, film, illustration and creative non-fiction to produce thought-provoking, high-quality art about real lives.

Borrowing techniques from ethnography, oral history and social documentary and mixing these with each artist’s expertise, our projects are complex, multilayered, accessible, socially engaged and unique.

Recollective is: Alison Irvine, Chris Leslie and Mitch Miller.

Writer Alison Irvine is a Saltire-award nominee for her novel which charts the social history of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats, This Road is Red  (Luath). Alison weaves stories from intensive research. She teases out stories, testimonies, moments, follows networks of friends, relatives and acquaintances. In her spare but textured prose the characters speak in select, but eloquent voices that speak from, and of the place itself.

Chris Leslie is a photographer and filmmaker and winner of a BAFTA New Talent Award whose photographs are published in Disappearing Glasgow (Freight). His photographs chronicle Glasgow’s changing fabric. His beautiful, yet unflinchingly stark photographs document the breaking and remaking of the city, its broken bones, lost relics, inconvenient remnants.

Mitch Miller is an artist whose complex ‘pigeon’s eye’ drawings – Dialectograms – earned him the Association of Illustrators New Talent Award. Mitch makes dialectograms, illustrations as idiosyncratic as the word suggests, the edges of the city drawn from on high, but as those at ground level see and live it – an intricate, entangled and glorious mess – place as something made up as we go along.

As a collective we have created Nothing is Lost, a Commonwealth Games legacy project which won the Scottish Design Award Grand Prix and as individuals we have documented a wide variety of Glasgow’s people and places including the Red Road Flats, Easterhouse, Paddy’s Market, Govan’s cranes and a Showman’s yard in Parkhead.