Photo show connects isles with Montana

A new photographic exhibition went on display today at the Shetland Museum.

The exhibition consists of a series of Polaroids which are the result of an exchange of images between three people in two locations: Nick Brett and Eve Eunson in Shetland and Hazel Walker in Montana.

The series was produced over a period of two months. During this time photographs were sent between the three participants by post.

Each person responded in sequence to the image received from the preceding location and person. The subject matter and response was entirely open to their interpretation.

The Polaroid instant camera, from which the photo is ejected to develop before your eyes, peaked in popularity in 1991.

However, the development of digital photography resulted in the demise of the camera, with camera production stopped in 2007 and film production in 2008.

This project celebrates the simplicity of the “one shot” photograph, where there is no editing or enhancement after shooting.

Museum exhibitions officer John Hunter said: “The idea of connecting Montana and Shetland through a photographic version of Chinese whispers has produced an exhibition of both thoughtful and playful images.

“Each artist has brought their own view to the work to make interesting compositions and interpretations of two remote communities.”

The exhibition runs until 27thth April.


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