PC Scott Haig, Northern Constabulary (2006)
About this artwork
This photograph was commissioned as part of a series titled ‘Force’, which reflects the breadth of activities that the Police service is involved with in Scotland. It shows PC Scott Haig and his family on Unst, the most northerly-inhabited island within the Shetland Isles. The island has an extremely close-knit community and as such, community involvement is the backbone of successfully policing the island. Haig described his position: “My role on the island is to offer reassurance as well as to deal with the numerous challenges expected of the police, from investigating and reporting crime to road accidents, ﬁrearm enquiries and community liaison... I have no anonymity as I am based on such a small island. Whether in uniform or out I am always viewed as a police officer...”
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.