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From burn to bottle

Following Whisky to its Source in Highland Perthshire

I’ve been lucky enough this year to combine two great passions: photography and whisky. As part of the all new Tummel and Tay Festivel, running from the 23rd to the 25th of May, I’ve been commissioned to show an exhibition of photos focused on whisky across three arts venues. The photos will be hanging in the River Room of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, The Birnam Arts Centre and the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.

Funded by Creative Scotland this is very much an arts project and my brief was to ‘think outside of the box.’ So as I have avoided the usual branded imagery associated with the whisky industry and taken an abstract look at whisky production.

As well as exploring the inner workings of the Edredour, Blair Atholl and Dewars distilleries in Highland Perthshire I visited the Speyside Cooperage and followed the Edredour burn up to its source. The journey took me into the heart of an older landscape and helped me realise just how connected whisky is to the Scotland’s identity, history and spirit.

These are very much joint exhibitions with an incredibly talented young photographer Lewis Shelley. Part of the funding came from Perth and Kinross Creative Futures Place Partnership Initiative, which meant I was teamed up with Lewis, a 17 year old student from Butterstone School. Lewis and I have had great fun touring the distilleries and I’ve really enjoyed guiding him through the process of shooting, framing and hanging these exhibitions.

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