Colin McPherson

A netter hauling fish back to shore through a hailstorm at Kinnaber, Angus (2000)

About this artwork

This image is from the series entitled ‘Catching the Tide’ on which McPherson began work in 1995. Having initially documented the working lives of the salmon netters on the east coast, the photographer is now looking to work across Scotland. McPherson's photographs are invaluable documentary evidence of a trade that is dying out. They are images of haunting beauty, showing the fishermen pitted against the weather in the midst of infinite sea and sky.

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.