Raymond’s birthday photograph shows the #coloursoflockdown

Campbeltown's Raymond Hosie took this photograph at the Pans, Machrihanish, looking towards Islay and Jura, on his birthday.
Campbeltown's Raymond Hosie took this photograph at the Pans, Machrihanish, looking towards Islay and Jura, on his birthday.

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A photograph taken by a keen photographer from Campbeltown has been selected for a top Scottish artist’s showcase of lockdown images.

Raymond Hosie captured a stunning image of the sunset at the Pans, Machrihanish, on a June evening, which was seen by thousands of people on social media as part of the #coloursoflockdown project run by Mid Argyll-based artist John Lowrie Morrison, known as Jolomo.

Raymond’s photograph is now one of a small number of images being showcased to a wider audience.

Raymond said: ‘It had been damp, dreary and overcast the entire day – which also happened to be my birthday. But as the evening wore on, I could see the sky was clear below the cloud layer and I took the chance it would deliver nice colour.

‘I decided to wait until the sun had set further below the horizon – behind Islay – and the colour got more and more intense.

‘I used a 10 stop filter to allow a longer exposure time which smoothed out the water in the foreground and gave a little movement in the clouds.’

Jolomo, best known for his landscapes of Scotland in high-key colour, was amazed by the response when he encouraged fans on social media to share images of the colour around them.

The artist received stunning photographs from all over Scotland, the UK and around the world, which were shared with thousands of others on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #coloursoflockdown.

John said: ‘Colour is very important in my work. I think the colours in my paintings developed an even brighter hue in lockdown, as if my spirit was compensating for the time of darkness the world was going through.

‘When people ask me where I get my colours from, I tell them to look a bit harder. There is colour almost anywhere. I wanted to encourage people to notice the colours around them in lockdown, even if they couldn’t travel far, because it lifts the spirit.

‘The response has been amazing and some of the photographs are superb. It’s against the spirit of the project to turn it into a competition, but some of the pictures were so strong they deserve a wider audience.’

People responded with pictures taken on cameras and mobile phones, on daily walks or capturing views from windows. Images include a cow in the setting sun from Queensland, Australia, sunset on a beach in Calpe, Spain, and a view of the city lights from a balcony in Hong Kong.

Images from Scotland include a rare ‘fogbow’ – or white rainbow – from Shetland, a spectacular sunset in Oban, the sunrise at Hopeman in Moray and a little girl playing in a park in Falkirk.

Many people commented that seeing the photographs helped cheer them up in a difficult time. One wrote: ‘The photos have been stunning, beautiful and inspiring, which has helped us through this unprecedented time.’

Another said: ‘Although I’m a key worker and have worked through lockdown, I can’t believe how much I am noticing colours now.’