PRESS RELEASE: I’m Humphrey Bogart – so’s my wife!

24th April 2013
Go to Dumfries and Galloway to become a Hollywood star

Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon – Spring Fling visitors all have the chance to become screen legend Humphrey Bogart.

Kim Ayres, one of five photographers taking part in Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studios event, is inviting men, women and children to don a trenchcoat and hat to be pictured as one of Hollywood’s greatest stars.

The first to be pictured as Bogart was artist Alice Francis who loves work that turns everyday expectations and appearances on their heads – last year she covered the entire outside of a cottage in floral stretch fabric as part of Spring Fling.

The image of Alice will go on Kim’s studio wall in his Castle Douglas studio, to be joined by portraits of everyone else who he photographs during the Spring Fling weekend of 25 to 27 May.  

Kim said: “The brilliant thing about portrait photography is that it allows you to become anyone you like – a movie legend, a pop star, a character from history. The only limit is your imagination.

“I wanted to do something that would be fun and instantly recognisable – and the idea of giving everyone the chance to be photographed as Humphrey Bogart fitted the bill.

“But what’s really interesting about doing something like this is that it brings out the differences in people’s faces. When the wall is covered with pictures of people dressed as Bogart, what will stand out is how individual they all are.”

The photographers in Spring Fling 2013 are:

  • Kim Ayres of Castle Douglas, whose recent projects have included a collection of images of authors as literary characters for the Wigtown Book Festival. The Spring Fling photography is free – with a nominal £10 charge anyone who would like to be emailed a copy of the picture Kim takes. See
  • Allan Wright, from Castle Douglas, who was recently among the winners in the environmental category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards. See
  • Husband and wife team Ted Leeming & Morag Paterson, from near Dalry, who are renowned landscape photographers. See
  • Phil McMenemy, an award-winning nature photographer from the village of Laurieston. See
  • Roger Lever, a vet and portrait photographer who has also travelled in Africa taking wildlife pictures. See




Notes for editors

● Spring Fling is ideal for a day trip or for a short break – with lots of delightful small towns, villages and superb coastal areas to stay and enjoy.

● Studios are open daily 10.30am to 5pm during the event and are free to visit.

● The Spring Fling Fringe includes a range of evening events and activities for visitors to enjoy when the studios are closed. These include everything from classical music to a masterclass in artisan pizza making.

Getting around: There are three great alternatives to getting around the studios by car:

  • Six bus tours 
  • Bike tours 
  • Walking tours  

Finding the route: A fold-out map will be available which shows the studios and the fringe locations. There are also seven suggested coloured routes to follow – each provides a great day-long tour of studios and super countryside.

Smartphone app: An updated smartphone app can be downloaded for free so visitors can plot their own routes – choosing where they want to visit by area, name of artist or the type of work they produce.

● Spring Fling is a Community Interest Company. The core event is funded by Dumfries & Galloway Council. The Springboard Project is funded by The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and The Holywood Trust. Additional projects are funded by Creative Scotland and The Galloway Association of Glasgow. The Trigony House Hotel are the 2013 Prize Draw sponsors.

● To find out more visit


Media information  

● Contact Matthew Shelley on 07786 704299 or at

● Free-to-use pictures are available on request.