Shot in the Dark Digital Photography Project

Shot in the Dark

An important project for GALE is ‘Shot in the Dark’, a project that started over three years ago to support local people in Wester Ross who are experiencing mental ill health. The project uses digital photography as a means of teaching participants new skills, offering them new opportunities to meet different people and form new friendships, increase their confidence and boost their physical and mental well-being.

The project tutor is professional photographer and artist Fin Macrae who originally comes from Laide but is now living in Tain. Fin works with the ‘Shot in the Dark’ participants setting fortnightly projects to challenge them and help them to learn new skills and techniques. This is then followed by open discussions about the results with all the participant’s critiquing each other’s work. Other elements of the project are training in PhotoShop skills and setting commissions to give participants more experience of ‘commercial’ photography and a taste of life as a professional photographer.

The group was excited about their long awaited new exhibition, which was held in Gairloch between 27th June and 15th July at the Gairloch Health Centre. It was a small exhibition of work by participants from both the Gairloch and Ullapool ‘Shot in the Dark’ groups.

Fin has been working with the group now for about a year in various capacities and this is the outcome of a project they did called "Light & Shadow" which is also the title of the exhibition.

Fin really wanted the participants to think as broadly as possible with this theme and several of the group have produced some very personal work. Fin is delighted to be working on this project and seeing the enthusiasm among the groups to explore photography. The work that is being produced is of a high standard and he feels it really deserves to be exhibited.

The ‘Shot in the Dark’ participants have produced a range of attractive greetings cards featuring local scenes. The cards help to raise awareness of the project, reduce the stigma of mental ill health and raise vital funds for the continuation of the project.

Cards are on sale at Gairloch Tourist Information Centre, where every penny of each card sale goes towards funding the continuation of the Shot in the Dark project.

The group is working towards a bigger exhibition that they hope will be held in Inverness later this year as well as visiting some other locations on the West Coast.

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