Salmon netters heading home, Kinnaber, Angus (2000)
About this artwork
This dramatic image shows salmon netters Bob Ritchie (left) and Jim Mitchell heading home along the sands after fishing 'jumper' nets at low tide at Kinnaber, Angus. It was taken as part of a ten-year long project by McPherson to document the decline of the Scottish salmon netting industry. Bob Ritchie became a central figure in the series. As a third generation netsman, Ritchie was the last of a generation to practise this craft. By 2007, only a handful of men still caught wild salmon and sea trout using traditional methods such as this.
- title: Salmon netters heading home, Kinnaber, Angus
- accession number: PGP 291.1
- artist: Colin McPhersonScottish (born 1964)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Seascape Fishing industry
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: 2000
- measurements: 9.70 x 25.40 cm
- credit line: Purchased 2002
Colin McPherson was born in Edinburgh and began working professionally as a photographer in the late-1980s. His work specialises in documenting human intervention in social and natural environments as well as reportage on important ongoing political themes. His work is published internationally and he regularly shows his project work in both solo and group exhibitions. The acclaimed work to document the lives of Scotland’s last salmon net fishermen began in the mid-1990s and has extended from photographing initially on the east coast to take in locations all around the country.