FACE TIME FOR ROGER
Photographer’s new exhibition
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