Captured - and cooked

East Neuk fisherman Sam Linton, one of the portraits in Caroline Trotters's exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum.
East Neuk fisherman Sam Linton, one of the portraits in Caroline Trotters's exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum.
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A stunning series of portraits make up a new exhibition opening at the Scottish Fisheries Museum on Friday.

But the 20 faces are not celebrities or local worthies but images of some of the working and retired fishermen from Lower Largo round East Neuk to St Andrews.

The exhibition is the work of north east Fife photographer Caroline Trotter and the result of a year-long project.

“It is a record of some of the people who make, or have made their living or part of a living from fishing from the shores around the East Neuk,” explained Caroline.

“These photographs provide a moment in the lives of the characters involved in the fishing industry past and present.”

The black and white portraits are visually striking with a mood of immediacy, capturing the men at work, often with little in the way of setting up the scene or more notice than simply Caroline asking if she could take their picture.

“Most were a bit bemused but only one person didn’t want their picture taken,” said Caroline, of Upper Largo.

But there is now a bit of a buzz among her subjects, with all of them accepting an invitation to a pre-opening evening.

However, there is also a tasty twist to the show as the project became a collaboration with Caroline’s food writer husband Christopher Trotter.

He interviewed the subjects to find out their favourite dishes for their catch.

Together he and Caroline have now produced a new book, Fife Fishermen, featuring the recipes and portraits.

And a pop-up restaurant is being planned to coincide with the show on Friday, March 13.

‘Fife Fishermen’ is on at the museum from Friday, February 13, until Sunday, March 15.