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Portrait Shoot-Out at Aberdeen Football Club

April 8, 2011

The Silver City Soul project has been gathering momentum over the past few weeks in the build-up to an exhibition of the project in the National Gallery of Scotland, 28 April – 6 June 2011. Our project participants have taken to the streets armed with stills and video cameras, accompanied by life-size cut-outs taken from paintings by Aberdonian artists William Dyce and John Phillip. These include a Highland ferryman, Jesus and a Spanish waitress, and are intended to get the public thinking about how artists have used iconic figures to represent ideas and different ways of life.

This Saturday, 9 April, between 1pm and 3pm, we are setting up another street studio outside Pittodrie Stadium, the home of Aberdeen Football Club. We will be taking portrait photographs of the fans as they come to the game. We welcome anyone in Aberdeen to come and join us at this event and have their portrait taken. I wonder what odds the bookies will give me on the sun shining and the Dons winning? Here’s hoping…..

To create our contemporary, multi-layered portrait of Aberdeen we are asking everyone to contribute and are encouraging residents to pose for photographs or text/email us their own images of the city.

Video-artist Adam Proctor has been visiting all kinds of groups, individuals and organisations to gather images for the main video portrait and our activist participants have taken over a thousand images between them, many of which will appear in the exhibition.

Here’s some rough video footage and a couple of portraits taken by project participants from the last two street portrait workshops.

To see some of Adam’s fantastic shots for the film, including some pixilated street footage he has produced, and the great photos we have been receiving from members of the public visit All the information you need to participate is under the ‘How to get Involved’ tab on the home page.

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