Colin McPherson

Bob Ritchie removing a fish through the pocket of a jumper net at the Watermouth station, Kinnaber, Angus. The nets are fished twice a day, on... (2000)

About this artwork

This striking photograph is full of movement and vitality – the stormy clouds, the salmon wrestling in the net and tide foaming at the shore. The central, anchoring figure is salmon netter Bob Ritchie. He is shown lifting a salmon through the pocket of a 'jumper' net at low tide on the sands 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.

Colin McPherson

Colin McPherson

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.