Photoshoot for former lifeboat crew

Albert Sutherland, Nigel Millard and Victor Sutherland Senior.
Albert Sutherland, Nigel Millard and Victor Sutherland Senior.

Award winning photographer Nigel Millard paid a flying visit to Fraserburgh on January 23 to photograph retired Fraserburgh lifeboat stalwarts Albert and Victor Sutherland for an upcoming book on the RNLI.

Nigel, who is also a volunteer crew member on Torbay lifeboat, has been working with the RNLI since 2005. He is currently travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland to capture stunning images which reflect not only the work of the RNLI but also represent the people involved in the charity which saves lives at sea.

Arriving at the Fraserburgh lifeboat station at 3pm, he met with retired Fraserburgh coxswain Albert Sutherland and his brother, retired acting 2nd coxswain Victor (senior), the father of the current coxswain, and gave an insight into his hectic schedule.

The previous day he had been on exercise with the Blackpool Lifeboat for two hours and then spent another couple of hours with Morecambe Lifeboat in the afternoon.

Over coffee Nigel explained to Albert and Victor that he was working on a major new photographic project that will culminate in a book and outdoor exhibition for the RNLI and he wanted to include their portraits.

Explaining his techniques he showed examples of his stunning work in a previous book ‘Ocean Portraits: Face to Face’.

They then moved to Fraserburgh beach which provided Nigel with an uncluttered background and the sort of clear, natural light he uses to bring out the detail in his close up portraits, and spent a short while taking individual photos of Victor first then Albert.

Then it was back to the lifeboat station for a few minutes before setting off for Inverness.

Nigel Millard had been in Fraserburgh two years ago to shoot a reconstruction of a rescue for the 2012 calendar.

On that occasion he had photographed volunteer crew members Jason Flett and Chay Cumming re-enacting the occasion when a few months previously they had entered the water to rescue a man who had fallen into Fraserburgh Harbour. The picture subsequently appeared in the September page of the RNLI calendar.

Nigel’s book is being co-authored with writer Huw Lewis Jones and will be published in September 2013. It is called ‘A year in the life of the RNLI - a photographic tribute to everyday courage around our coasts’ and will be accompanied by a free exhibition which will tour the UK and Ireland.