An extraordinary stockpile of old photograph slides conserved from being disposed at a pointer in Shetland have provided a look into the islands’ past and exposed how little has changed in approximately 50 years.
Paul Moar, 47, who works at the recycling centre in Lerwick, was surprised when Nick Dymond, 77, approached him with 3 big boxes filled with around 5,000 old photographs taken of his travels around the world.
Mr Dymond had chosen to free up some space in his home and the projector he used to view the slides was no longer working. He told the New york city Times: ‘I can’t do anything with them, and I have actually already seen all the important things that I’ve taken photos of.’
Mr Moar, whose family have actually lived on the islands because a minimum of the 1400s, took the slides home and invested eight hours checking out them. He was astonished when he found that around 300 were of the Shetland Islands.
‘ I could barely think my eyes as I sifted through the photos one by one over the next couple of nights,’ Mr Moar informed MailOnline. ‘I realised some of the Shetland slides were very special.’
The Shetland Islands are around 110 miles north of mainland Scotland and around 100 small islands are thought about part of the group.
The spectacular pictures were drawn from the early 1970s onwards when Mr Dymond – initially from Bedford, UK – worked as RSPB warden on the islands.
They expose the daily life of the local community – from fishermen going out in their little boats to a farmer hand-feeding a lamb on the island of Fetlar, which had a population of 100 in the seven years Mr Dymond lived there.
Mr Dymond said the farmer visualized smiling kindly down at a little lamb was his ‘fantastic’ neighbour Lollie Brown, who died many years back.
THEN: Nick Dymond pictured this group of biologists who were packing to have a field trip on the island of Papa Stour
NOW: Pictures from today show how fishing stays an integral part of daily life for people living on Shetland
NOW: Around 50 years after the photographs were taken by Nick Dymond, he decided to get rid of them – however Paul Moar conserved them
THEN: Photographer Mr Dymond snapped an image of his neighbour Lollie Brown, who passed away years ago, feeding a newborn lamb on the island of Fetlar. Mr Dymond said: ‘He was just a wonderful guy. That was a great reminder for me.’
THEN: An old photograph reveals a group of men being drawn in their small boat as they head to a little island to work with their sheep
THEN: The images also show the regional wildlife – including a Walrus in Gutcher – and the spectacular surroundings, from rolling fields to the gorgeous coastline
THEN: A group of males balance against the rough waters as they attempt to disembark from their little fishing boat off the coast of Shetland. Of this image a member of the Shetland memories Facebook group stated: ‘We believe Dodie rowing the White boat. Stewart Wilson with his arm round Leogh Willie. The closest bending over is Georgie’s, identify the jumper!’
THEN: This is the ferry ‘Excellent Shepherd’ which serves Fair Isle and men are pictured discharging shops for the island
My Dymond relocated to Fair Isle, the southernmost island in the group, in the 1960s. By the 1970s he was leading bird and wildlife trips in the summertime.
He would go on to write a book on birding in the islands.
An old P&O ferryboat called the St Clair was envisioned in the 1970s by Mr Dymond and while the ferryboat has actually because been decommissioned, P&O cruises will still frequent Lerwick in Shetland after lockdown limitations are raised.
The images also reveal the regional wildlife – including a Walrus in Gutcher – and the stunning scenery, from rolling fields to the gorgeous coastline.
Pictures from today demonstrate how farming and fishing remains an essential part of the island, whilst the sensational landscape stays largely unblemished.
Mr Dymond loved nature and hung out with Shetland’s popular biologist Bobby Tulloch, who can be seen in among the photographs on a boat with buddies.
Today, Shetlanders still endeavor out on the waters and land to take pleasure in Shetland’s nature, landscapes and wildlife.
Discussing discovering the pictures just in time, Mr Moar said: ‘This was most likely an once-in-a-lifetime event and as someone who has an interest in Shetland’s history, I was so pleased to conserve such unique pictures.’
He said the images ‘record an age prior to digital, the web and mobile phones’ and has actually been struck by how many people have actually had a direct connection to a lot of the photos.
Mr Moar submitted the images to a Shetland memories Facebook group which led to citizens pointing out people they identified and places they knew.
He composed: ‘As one or more folk may ken, recently a senior gentleman came tae my workplace at da dump( whar I work) carrying two bags an asked whar he could deal with “5000 old slides”. It’s no every day you hear dat so as soon as I ‘d made up mesel I asked whar da slides was fae an he stated “his world takes a trip”.
‘ I thought “hmmm” so I asked if dae wir ony Shetland moves an he stated “oh yes, they’re just blended in amongst with the rest”!. So, I stated simply tae leave dem wi me til I chose whit tae do an eftir a night or two browsing dem I fan 2-300 Shetland slides.
‘ Wi some help I tracked him doon a said I hoped he wouldna mind whit I ‘d done an could I keep and contribute da Shetland slides tae da museum?. He was thrilled and stated dat was completely alright. Many are landscape pictures but here’s a peerie choice o da more intriguing eens. His name is Nick Dymond an I ‘d similar to tae thank him once again.’
Gillian Okill was tagged in among the images. She wrote: ‘That need to be 40 years back when we were so young.’ And Mairi Thomson composed ‘my Daddy’s boat on the right, called after me’ along with an image of the harbour.
‘ If just those days were back again,’ said Frank David Simmons about one image.
THEN: Mr Dymond liked nature and hung out with Shetland’s popular naturalist Bobby Tulloch (centre, with arms crossed), who can be seen in one of the photographs on a boat with good friends
THEN: This photo reveals the real sense of neighborhood in Shetland, with numerous surrounded a fishing boat at the coast
THEN: Mr Dymond, who loves nature, records a group of his good friends who were likewise keen professional photographers on the rugged landscape
THEN: An old P&O ferryboat called the St Clair was pictured in the 1970s by Mr Dymond and while the ferryboat has actually given that been decommissioned, P&O cruises will still regular Lerwick in Shetland after lockdown restrictions are lifted
THEN: The photograph shows the fields of crops and yard where cows feed. Farming is still an important part of life in Shetland
THEN: A lady wearing a matching red jumper and hat checks out the camera as she carried what seems cabbages
THEN: Farming and crofting stays a huge part of Shetland life – today there aren’t as many small fields of crops and hay near a little croft home
THEN: There were very few buildings in Shetland 50 years ago, with islanders concentrating on farming and fishing at the time
THEN: Sheep farming was an important part of life in Shetland 50 years ago as seen in this image where farmers shear sheep
NOW: Sheep farming and crofting remains a huge part of Shetland life 50 years on – as they enjoy big rolling fields
Mr Moar added that the landscape is still similar in Shetland 50 years on. But the most significant differences for islanders are technology, transport – in terms of new roads – and the economy.
‘ The photos are from a period when Shetland was transitioning from a crofting and fishing based economy to one that included the oil market and tourism,’ he said.
However fishing and the seafood sector stays an important part of the economy of Shetland, with lots of fishing boats lining the port – as they did 50 years ago.
Sheep farming and crofting continues on the islands – however there aren’t as numerous little fields of crops and hay near a small croft house.
Mr Moar wants to donate the photos to the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick once the lockdown is lifted.
Dr Ian Tait, who is the manager at the museum, informed MailOnline: ‘The significance of these pictures is considering them together with those countless other photos from that time, since Mr Dymond was a far better professional photographer than many, and excellent colour photos from the 1960s aren’t that typical.’
He stated the oil era of the mid-1970s triggered modifications in the Shetland islands, which was slowly depopulating. It caused schools, health clinics and shops.
‘ The oil quickly brought change, and Mr Dymond’s images straddle that period,’ Dr Tait stated. ‘With the big economic boost, there has actually been continued change given that the time of these pictures.
‘ Shetland’s population has actually continued to cluster where quickest travel to Lerwick can occur, and specifically clustering in smaller sized villages, instead of the older dispersed way of living.’
But in spite of the advancements produced by the oil industry, the island is still just populated by around 22,000 individuals and is a beautiful haven of mainly untouched natural beauty.
THEN: This photo exposes how remote the houses were in Shetland 50 years ago – and they still are – as this group of buildings is surrounded by rugged cliffs, the sea and farmland
NOW: The landscape in Shetland remains mainly unblemished – however Mr Moar states a difference is that now there are better roadways
THEN: The largely unblemished and rugged landscape of Shetland is recorded in this spectacular image from the air