Aerial views of Forfar in photographer's exhibition

COMMENCING this week at Montrose Museum is an Exhibition of aerial photography by local photographer Neil Werninck.

The exhibition – "Above The Steeple" – concentrates on the changing face of Montrose over a30 year period.

"The exhibition came about through the previous exhibitition we had in the Museum through years ago celebrating the 50 years of the Van Werninck Studio." said Neil.

"A few photographs in that exhibition were aerial pictures and while selecting those it struck me what a lot of changes had taken place in the town, that would make an exhibition on its own."

"My first aerial photographs were taken in 1974 for Joseph Johnston, Salmon Fishers, when Noel Smart and Michael Forsyth-Grant asked me to accompany them in photographing suspected poachers from the air.

"They reasoned as I had been in the R.A.F. I would be suited to it, although in reality I had been neither aircrew or a photographer, being actually in aircraft engineering.

"That first trip was quite exciting taking in most of the east coast from Peterhead as far down as Berwick-upon-Tweed often swooping low to try and catch the name of a suspect boat.

"Before 2001 all the photographs were taken on film and were many hundreds of negatives, the last six months has seen a great effort to turn them into to digital images and I am indebted to Bruce Robertson and his staff at the Forfar Photo Centre for scanning several hundred negatives for me. The digital archive is currently around 800 photographs and the exhibition features over 80 pictures".

Also included are views of Hillside, St. Cyrus, Johnshaven, Gourdon, Stonehaven, Edzell, Brechin, Laurencekirk, Forfar and Letham.

The exhibition will be on display at the museum until August 26.