Since 2009, Neil Paterson has been travelling the length and breadth of Scotland photographing the ancient indigenous sport of shinty, and his sports photographs are widely sought after by local and national media outlets.
From an archive now exceeding 120,000 shinty images, his exhibition entitled “Cleeks, Blocks and Kicks” brings together a selection of Neil’s photographs taken over the years, which capture the skill, courage and fitness required from the players involved in the sport.
On show at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, the prints will be available to view throughout the whole month of August. The prints are black and white, which Neil believes have a timeless elegance and which also suits the sport photography genre. There are just under 50 images in the exhibition and choosing them wasn’t easy. It would have been so easy to choose a completely different set of images, especially with such a library of images, but it will be good to get feedback on the images selected.
As a professional photographer based a few miles west of Inverness, Neil graduated in Illustrative Photography from Napier University. Neil set up his own photography business in the Highlands in 2009, and undertakes a wide range of commissions from private and commercial clients, including public relations and events, industrial, property, and travel, as well as portraiture and people.
The shinty photography part of the business usually only takes up weekends for Neil, although it does mean about 40 weekends each year he finds himself on the touchline, in varying types of weather.