Eastgate Neighborhood Galleryis showcasing pictures by Alexander Williamson which discover how the area people’s engagement with Nairn’s pure surroundings helped them address the Covid-19 pandemic.

ENCOUNTERS with folks whereas out strolling through the coronavirus pandemic have impressed a photographer and author to place collectively an exhibition.

12 months of Coasts and Waters by Alexander Williamson has opened on the neighborhood gallery within the Eastgate Purchasing Centre in Inverness.

It showcases pictures exploring how the area people’s engagement with Nairn’s pure surroundings helped them address the Covid-19 outbreak, whereas reflecting upon how folks’s relationship to one another has modified through the international pandemic.

In January 2020, it had been Mr Williamson’s intention to doc a yr in Nairn, drawing inspiration from Scotland’s themed 12 months of Coast and Waters with the thought of capturing massive public gatherings alongside quiet moments of solitude and contemplation.

However the plans had been placed on maintain as a result of lockdown with folks being informed to remain indoors and keep away from human contact as a lot as attainable and solely being permitted to enterprise out to purchase meals or to take train.

Within the early days of lockdown, taking that permitted hour of outside train usually meant going for a stroll – typically down by the river or out alongside the seaside – and rediscovering the pure magnificence on the doorstep.

Mr Williamson stated: “For me, strolling and images go hand in hand, and this mission helped with my very own sense of isolation.

“The portraits on show are all folks I encountered on my walks, lots of whom I had met for the primary time.

“All had been completely satisfied to speak and have their {photograph} taken.

“Taken from a protected distance, the portraits discover this stress between separation and closeness, the acquainted and the unusual.”

Though Scotland’s prolonged 12 months of Coasts and Waters has drawn to a detailed, his mission is now full – however he mirrored that the years of coronavirus might be with us for a while.

“Even now, with many people vaccinated, the chance from Covid-19 has not wholly gone away,” he stated.

“An infection charges stay excessive, and for some encountering others stays a trigger for concern.”

Mr Williamson hoped the mission would final as a report of how folks in Nairn coped with unprecedented occasions.

“This mission seems to be on the resilience of a neighborhood through the international pandemic – how the folks of Nairn sought consolation and distraction within the pure panorama,” he stated.

“It’s additionally a reminder of the attractive coast we now have right here within the Highlands. We’re so very fortunate to have it, and we have to take care of it.”

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