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Documentary Photography Group

Committed to teaching the craft of photography, I have a strong belief in the value of this creative activity both as a motivating force and as an educational tool.

John MacPherson (Documentary Photography Leader)

Led by professional photographer John MacPherson, the first meeting of the Merkinch Welfare Hall Documentary Photography Group took place on the 14th of November. The Group will receive professional training in how best to undertake historic building photography for survey and recording; in publication and archive; and in artistic composition (using both the restoration project and). The Documentary Photography Group will document the Merkinch Welfare Hall: Fit for the Future project, capturing not only the work to restore the building but the people who join in. The group will seek to place Merkinch Welfare Hall within its own local context and within the context of other historic buildings in Inverness and the Highlands.

The Merkinch Welfare Hall Photographic course schedule

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Pictures from "A Men's Shed for Merkinch?" Event, Saturday, 16th April 2016.

Chris and Gordon Hands
The Clay Studio, Grant Street Wicker Surface

Recent Pictures from the Photography Group. Uploaded on the 3rd May 2016.

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Potter at his Wheel! Photography Group Image
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Historic Environment Scotland recently sent Steve Wallace (Field Photography Projects Manager) and Danny Dutton (Training Officer from Scotland’s Urban Past Project) to train the Merkinch Photography Course in Architectural Photography.

Gilbert Street Scene 1
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This week we have learned how to use flash photography properly! Flash photography isn't just a back-up for shooting in low-light conditions; it's an art form in its own right. We learned how to adjust different strengths and the effect of multiplying the flash exposures to achieve more natural or more dramatic looks and how to combine this with the shooter speed and exposure time.

Double flash photograph of John walking Double flash photograph of John walking
Enhancing photographs with softer flash light! Enhancing photographs with softer flash light
Photographs within the hall. Recent Pictures from the Photography Group. Uploaded on the 14th September 2016.

The amazing Merkinch Welfare Hall Photographic Exhibition opened on the 15th of November at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Community Gallery!

The Merkinch Documentary Photography Group has been recording the restoration of the Hall, seeing behind the scenes during the repair and development The group has received training and inspiration from professional photographer John Macpherson (and instruction in historic building photography for survey and recording from the Scotland’s Urban Past project). This exhibition showcases some of their work and forms part of an accessible community-led record of the Merkinch Welfare Hall project, reflecting their enhanced skills, unique perspectives on the project and exceptional access to the building. The exhibition will be open until the 14th of January 2017 – it is well worth a visit!

People looking at pictures of the Welfare Hall. People looking at pictures of the Welfare Hall. People admiring the pictures of the Welfare Hall from a distance
People closely listening to information on the Welfare Hall People closely listening to information on the Welfare Hall Folk waiting their turn to view the Photographic exhibition
Heritage Lottery FundHighlands & Islands EnterpriseThe Highlands Council
Inverness City Heritage TrustThe Architectural Heritage FundThe Robertson TrustThe Scottish Government
Merkinch Welfare Hall
Women in Merkinch Welfare Hall
Women in Merkinch Welfare Stairs
Merkinch Welfare Hall Clock
Christmas party in Welfare Hall
Merkinch Welfare Hall
Merkinch Welfare Hall
Merkinch Welfare Hall