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Dundee photographer pays tribute to frontline staff in national ‘behind the mask’ exhibition

Frank MacDoanld in his studio.
Frank MacDoanld in his studio.

A Dundee photographer is paying tribute to frontline healthcare workers by showing the person “behind the mask”.

Frank MacDonald from Broughty Ferry has been chosen as one of 100 photographers across the UK to take part in the 2020 Vision Project.

A national exhibition and book, to be released later this year, will showcase the personal lives of 600 frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The photographs will show the individuals without PPE or uniform in an effort to capture their personalities.

Frank, a 59-year-old father of two, will photograph six healthcare workers across Tayside.

He said it was an honour.

“I thought that it was a great way of saying thank you to the NHS healthcare workers, that have battled through in difficult times,” he said.

Frank’s images will include junior doctor Amy Campbell,  radiologist Lee Sinclair,  locum doctor Ewan Barrack and senior nurse Gina O’Neill.

He hopes to have photographed all six of his subjects by the end of this month.

The 2020 Vision Project has received Arts Council funding with the help of Horizon, a charity that helps people in recovery from addiction through creative media, as well as support from the National Lottery.

The scheme was initiated by photographer Sophie Sheinwald and  film director Annie Murray.

Sophie said: “We saw a strong need for the public at large to recognise the people within the NHS and wider healthcare system. So we invited 100 portrait photographers to join this effort to build a powerful, national exhibition of photography to validate and recognise these amazing people.”

Annie added:  “We are interested in the human connection that each photographer brings to the public through their individual unique skills and expression. The aim is to exhibit these portraits across the UK and beyond.”

In March, Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn  paid tribute to the NHS with a new piece of artwork made up of hundreds of photographs of health workers.

The 30-year-old from Ebbw Vale shared an appeal on social media asking NHS workers to send him their photographs and received more than 200 in response.

He then brought all the pictures together to create an image of a nurse wearing a protective mask, with the words “thank you”.

 

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