PC John Bryden, Wildlife Crime Officer, Northern Constabulary (2006)
About this artwork
Commissioned as part of a series titled ‘Force’, documenting the diverse roles of Scotland’s police force, this photograph shows PC John Bryden of the Northern Constabulary. He is stationed at Mallaig Police Station, with five other officers. Together they police an enormous area of the West Highlands. As well as being a uniformed police officer, John is also a Wildlife crime officer which involves working closely with environmental organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. This photograph shows him with an eagle owl. In contrast to his uniform which stands out as a beacon of security, the owl is camouflaged against the landscape and looks ready to hunt.
Jane Brettle is an artist and associate senior lecturer in Contemporary Photographic Practice at Northumbria University in Newcastle. She studied fine art and photography in Bristol, Sunderland and Derby. In 1988 she co-established Photography Workshop and Portfolio Gallery in Edinburgh. A founding director of Fotofeis (the Scottish International Festival of Photography), she has established photography projects and artist's initiatives in various parts of Scotland. Her current work involves gallery and site-specific installations in which she contrasts the ideals of the past with the realities of the present.