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An exhibition of the works of legendary photographer Don McCullin opens tomorrow in two venues – Shetland Museum and in Bonhoga Gallery.
Best known as a war photographer, McCullin has many harrowing images of conflict among the 44 that have been brought up to Shetland in a joint initiative between the museum and Shetland Arts. But there are also some that depict what he called the “untold truths” of homeless people in London and the hardship of life in bleak northern English cities.
However the exhibition, all in black and white and with the title Fallen, mainly features shocking images exposing the depravity and futility of war.
McCullin shot to fame in the Vietnam era. And photos of US marines capturing Vietnamese fighters, or being in a deserted local house with a wedding photo still in evidence, or seeing the body of a dead Vietnamnese with his bag of bullets and family photos around him are moving in the extreme.
There are photos of conflicts in Cyprus and Beirut, where the magnificent Holiday Inn has been reduced to a battleground, and many of Northern Ireland. In all his work he captured a moment of grief or anger, and although sometimes it felt, he said, like a “massive intrusion”, it told an important story.
Fallen has been more than a year in the planning and it was important for sponsor Artists Rooms that it should inspire creativity in young people.
Thus a group of 13 to 25-year-olds embarked on film-making, photography or music projects, helped by mentors, telling a story about Shetland and its people, in the way McCullin managed to do in various places.
Known as the Northern Lights Young Ambassadors, the young people have just returned from a trip to London where they met McCullin and had a preview of his latest exhibition.
And a flood of productivity has been unleashed. Anderson High School pupils Jenny Brown, Cara Leask and Iona Leask worked on the film project, and all “definitely” want to go on to do more about “capturing people’s stories”. Their film was about the urban sport of parkour and its people.
The photography strand was mentored by Shetland-based freelance Calum Toogood, whose work on the conflict in Palestine is on show at Bonhoga. Heavily influenced by McCullin, he braved tear gas and rock-throwing to get his powerful images.
Again the photographs are moving and disturbing – a Palestininan funeral with 3,000 people, or a mother by her shot 12-year-old’s hospital bed.
Photographs from the Young Ambassadors are on show at the museum.
The music strand was done by Lewie Peterson, and original music has been produced as part of the venture.
It’s traditionally a time of year when food, drink and parties start to dominate social life … but a group is hoping to encourage Shetlanders to get active every day over the festive period.
And the Shetland Streakers hope they will raise money for charity at the same time.
The group started small two years ago on Facebook supporting folk to run a mile a day over the Christmas holidays. Now with almost 700 members and word of the 2014 Streak spreading, group founder Kerry Geddes said she thought it was time to take advantage of its popularity, and use it to raise some charity money.
All proceeds from the sale of a Festive Streak T-shirt will be going to blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.
Mrs Geddes said: “I also wanted to let people know that although a traditional streak is running a mile a day, we say that any activity counts, and you can mix it up, with swimming one day, walking the next and then maybe an exercise DVD or class. It really is suitable for all ages and abilities.”
People can sign up in the Facebook group but Mrs Geddes said group membership is not required to participate.
She said: “I’d definitely recommend joining the group as everyone is so supportive and it can be very motivational seeing what everyone else is doing, but you can do it completely separately from the streakers’ group – on your own, with work colleagues, in your family. Just say you’ll do it and you’re in.
“All you need to do is complete at least 15 minutes of exercise every day until New Year’s Eve. The group tries to encourage exercise of any kind as we’ve all realised how good it is for you both mentally and physically.”
Mrs Geddes said: “I’m also hoping that in addition to purchasing a T-shirt, people will do some fund-raising or raise sponsorship on their own, so that we see a good final total.”
For anyone thinking of taking part, Mrs Geddes said planning is key. “It’s not about having time, if you want to do it you will make time.
“Fifteen minutes is just over one per cent of your day, hardly anything compared to the time we waste on our computers, watching TV, or avoiding housework. The first few weeks are hard but it soon becomes a habit, just like brushing your teeth, and you will start to notice the mental and physical benefits regular exercise can have for you, which in turn will keep you motivated. Then you’ll want to do more than your minimum 15 minutes.
“I would say start off small, just in case spaegie sidelines you, make sure you wear lights and reflective clothing if exercising outside, and make sure you tell as many folk as possible so you are less likely to miss a day.”
The 2014 streak kicked off yesterday – American Thanksgiving – and will be going for 35 days in total, finishing on New Year’s Eve with a mile at the Clickimin track for those who can make it.
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