Picking up my camera helped me focus after my dad died ...

Young photographer Blair McHattie with his fundraising calendar. Pic: FPA
Young photographer Blair McHattie with his fundraising calendar. Pic: FPA

A Kirkcaldy teenager has been putting Fife in the frame to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Blair McHattie (13), who attends Balwearie High, photographed landscapes and wildlife across the Kingdom for a special fundraising calendar.

The second year pupil has developed a keen interest in photography and has been taking pics of local scenes over the past two years.

He selected the pics he wanted and visited the printers in September - with an order for 75 being completed in October.

Blair is set to give the proceeds from his calendar to the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK after his dad passed away from the disease in May this year.

Blair told The Press: “I have been taking photographs for the past two years. I started off taking them on my phone and then I got a proper camera.

“I really enjoy taking photographs and my favourite things to take pictures of are wildlife and landscapes.

“I like taking photos, particularly in Burntisland and Kinghorn and I have a few friends who are also into photography.

“People kept telling me I should do a calendar and straight away I knew I wanted to give the money raised from them to my dad’s charity.

“He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2013 and died in May this year. If I was feeling upset I would go and take photographs, it gave me something to focus on.”

Blair continued: “My mum helped me with the calendar and it took me about a week to choose which photographs I wanted to include in it.

“I had hoped to raise around £700 for the charity and just now I have sold almost all the calendars so will have collected around £710.

“I sold calendars to my family and friends and also to teachers at school.”

Blair said the nearest office for Pancreatic Cancer UK is in Glasgow so he plans to make arrangements to transfer the money to the charity online.

The talented teenager hopes to continue taking photographs and eventually plans to make a career from photography.

He is also hoping to get a new camera for Christmas.

He added: “My dad was an artist and he used to draw. He was very good at it.

“My dad inspired me to take photos and I’m really pleased to have been able to raise as much as I have for his charity.”