Images by Falkirk district photographers selected for Jolomo's lockdown showcase

The work of two budding photographers from Falkirk district have been selected for a showcase of lockdown images in a project by a top Scottish artist.

By Fiona Dobie
Sunday, 19th July 2020, 9:04 am
Updated Sunday, 19th July 2020, 9:05 am
Kyle Paterson captured this image of wife Joanna and daughter Pheobe in a park in Airth.
Kyle Paterson captured this image of wife Joanna and daughter Pheobe in a park in Airth.

A stunning sunset over Polmont by Iain Morrison and Kyle Paterson’s image of his wife and daughter in their local park in Airth have already been seen by hundreds of people on social media as part of the #coloursoflockdown project being run by artist John Lowrie Morrison, known as Jolomo.

The photographs have now been selected as part of a small number of images from the project being showcased to a wider audience.

Kyle said he couldn’t resist the image of his wife, Joanna, and their daughter, Phoebe, playing in their local park, both wearing bright yellow raincoats.

Iain Morrison's image show sunset over Polmont

He said: “My wife is the photographer in the house, especially where our daughter is concerned.

"But I felt that the contrasts of their yellow coast with a dark sky was too good not to capture.”

The proud dad added: “Any excuse to show her off, really!”

While Iain Morrison captured his image from his study window in Polmont with his Nikon d5500 DSLR camera.

He said: “The early sunset colours showed promise, so I took a few as the sunset got progressively deeper.

“The colours reminded me of the myriad colours in John’s paintings.

"The twin towers on the skyline are Polmont Old Parish Church.”

John Lowrie Morrison, who is best known for his landscapes of Scotland in high-key colour, was amazed by the response when he encouraged fans on social media to share images of the colour around them.

The artist received stunning photographs from all over Scotland, the UK and around the world, which were then shared with thousands of others on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #coloursoflockdown.

John said: “Colour is very important in my work. I think the colours in my paintings developed an even brighter hue in lockdown, as if my spirit was compensating for the time of darkness the world was going through.

“When people ask me where I get my colours from, I tell them to look a bit harder.

"There is colour almost anywhere.

"I wanted to encourage people to notice the colours around them in lockdown, even if they couldn’t travel far, because it lifts the spirit.

“The response has been amazing, and some of the photographs are superb. It’s against the spirit of the project to turn it into a competition, but some of the pictures were so strong they deserve a wider audience.”

People responded with pictures taken on cameras and mobile phones, on daily walks or capturing views from windows.

Images include a cow in the setting sun from Queensland, Australia, sunset on a beach in Calpe, Spain, and a view of the city lights from a balcony in Hong Kong.

While those from Scotland include a rare “fogbow” (or white rainbow) from Shetland, spectacular sunsets from Oban and Machrihanish and the sunrise at Hopeman in Moray.

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