FACE TIME FOR ROGER

Pho­tog­ra­pher’s new ex­hi­bi­tion

The Galloway News - - Front Page -

A Dal­beat­tie pho­tog­ra­pher has come up with a new project dur­ing lock­down.

Roger Lever had been trav­el­ling across the coun­try for his 1,000 Faces of Scot­land project but had to call a halt to that once the coro­n­avirus pan­demic took hold.

So he has turned his at­ten­tion closer to home, tak­ing por­trait pic­tures of peo­ple from the Dal­beat­tie area and putting them up in the town’s shop win­dows.

Roger, a retired vet, said:“I’m a por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher and had been work­ing on 1,000 Faces of Scot­land but when lock­down started I couldn’t do that.

“I thought about what I could do and de­cided to do Dal­beat­tie as a por­trait project, so have been ask­ing peo­ple if I can take their photo.

“I have a long lense so it meets so­cial dis­tanc­ing and I take a head and shoul­ders photo and print them off in black and white.

“I’ve been putting them up in shop win­dows. There’s maybe about half a dozen at the mo­ment and I might get a few more when they start open­ing back up.

“There’s no name it’s just a face and on each A2 sheet there are nine por­trait im­ages.

“At the end of July I’m hop­ing to do a com­pe­ti­tion ask­ing peo­ple to see how many faces they can name and the win­ner gets some­thing like a fam­ily por­trait.”

Roger has spent the last few years work­ing on his 1,000 Faces of Scot­land project and also has plans to take por­traits at Dal­beat­tie Men’s Shed where he is a mem­ber.

He said:“A lot of the pic­tures were in Dum­fries and Gal­loway but I’ve also been to Glencoe, up to Shet­land and to the west coast. A lot of them were taken at places we were go­ing to any­way.

“We went to Glencoe specif­i­cally and shot films of peo­ple talk­ing about them­selves and what they are pas­sion­ate about.”

To find out more about 1,000 Faces of Scot­land and see some of the pic­tures taken so far, visit www.1000facess­cot­land.com.

Im­ages Roger’s lock­down por­traits on dis­play in the town’s High Street

In fo­cus Dal­beat­tie pho­tog­ra­pher Roger Lever

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