The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther has launched a new exhibition depicting the human stories underpinning Hull’s distant-water trawling industry, its demise and legacy.

The exhibition, named ‘Loss + Resilience’, is a study in photography and film by award-winning independent photographer and film-maker Simon Sharp.

The museum says it is delighted to be working with Simon to bring together his award-winning work on Hull’s fishing communities. “Through the art of storytelling and communicating that story to the wider social world, his personal vision is to create cinematic experiences that actively seek out the shades of grey and complexity within everyday life in order to humanise and connect people and their cultures across differing social spheres and boundaries,” it said.

The exhibition comprises two photographic studies: ‘Old Salts’ and ‘The Women’. Brought together for the first time, the images portray the separate perspectives of Hull’s men and women during the Cod Wars.

At the heart of the display is the short film Lost, a human tale of loss and resilience centred on the 1968 Triple Trawler Tragedy, when 58 men were lost.

“The men and women featured in Simon’s portraits and film are remarkable individuals, and together they make a formidable group,” said museum curator Linda Fitzpatrick. “Simon has captured the power of their stoicism in the face of adversity, which fills the room with their presence and gives his work a strong emotional resonance.”

The exhibition runs until 30 November, and admission is included within the general museum entry fee. Find out more here.

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