Photographers put focus firmly on cancer charities

April's photo of Liz Peel tending plants at Aros by Debby Thorne and Cheryl Callow. NO_T09_mullphotogs01

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A Mull photography club is focusing on making a calendar and exhibition to shed light on dark times.

Photographers from the Mull Through The Lens club were inspired after a Marie Curie appeal and a heart-breaking string of cancer diagnoses within their membership and across the island.

They decided to embark on the ambitious project to show their support for those affected by the disease and to give something back to organisations helping their families and friends.

Focusing on the theme Light in the Darkness, the project features 12 people from Mull who had recently been impacted by cancer. Each of those people shared with the photographers what their ‘Light in the Darkness’ had been, and the club members then did their best to interpret it by producing unique photographs.

Tobermory binman Colin Morrison who made thousands of pounds for charities on the island with his own 2020 calendar and was also one contributed to the Light in the Darkness calendar after losing his dad to cancer.

Project co-ordinator and photographer Natalya Revitt said: ‘Working on this project has been such a privilege. Shining a light on the good that can come from a cancer diagnosis isn’t something you get to do every day, and being able to use my love of photography to interpret that good has been both thought-provoking and powerful for me.’

The photography club has now produced a moving exhibition that will be
shared across Scotland in 2020. The exhibition will go from Glengorm castle in April, to Craignure Golf Club and Isle of Mull Hotel in May, Pennyghael community hall in June, a location to be announced by Marie Curie in July and The Beatson Cancer Charity in August, and will end in Edinburgh between October and December.

As well as the exhibition, the club has also produced a calendar for 2021 to
raise funds for five cancer charities.

Mandy Eaglen, a photographer and ovarian cancer survivor, said: ‘As someone living with cancer, I have such deep gratitude for the charities who support people like me. I feel it is only right that I do anything, however small, to support them.’

The launch of both the calendar and exhibition will be open to everyone at
Mull’s Glengorm Castle on Saturday April 4 at 6.30pm.

The evening will give people the chance to meet the 12 participants and all
the photographers involved in the project.

Calendars will also be available on the night with all proceeds going to Marie Curie (Mull and Iona), The Beatson Cancer Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Eve Appeal and Brain Tumour Research.