Chief Constable Norma Graham, Fife Constabulary (2006)
About this artwork
This photograph was commissioned as part of a series titled ‘Force’, documenting the diverse roles of Scotland’s police force. It shows a behind-the-scenes view of police work. Instead of a firearm, Norma Graham’s weapon is a fountain pen, highlighting her role in setting the strategic direction of policing in Fife. It was taken when Norma was Deputy Chief Constable, but in July 2008 she was appointed Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary. She is Scotland's first female Chief Constable. During the sitting, Brettle observed that Norma said ‘we’ rather than ‘I’, fitting since she described her role as “building bridges with different communities”. The hat, featured in the background, shows her rank within the police force in its decorative silver braid.
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.