Film-maker Richard Jobson, ex-The Skids frontman, unveils photo exhibit

Richard Jobson. Picture: Graham Jepson
Richard Jobson. Picture: Graham Jepson
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HE burst onto the Scottish music scene as the teenage singer of a punk band and went on to forge a successful career as a broadcaster and filmmaker.

But now Richard Jobson is set to stage his first ever solo photography exhibition - which will relive his childhood haunts growing up in Fife.

A converted fire station in his home town of Dunfermline, where his iconic band The Skids were formed in 1977, will be playing host to the exhibition, which will run for several weeks this summer.

Named “Land, Sea and Sky” after his former band’s biggest hit, Into The Valley, the show will feature both photographs and video projections captured by Jobson over the last decade.

He said: “Landscapes and seascapes are embedded in our memories and our sense of identity.

“They form us, influence how we see the world and forever remain with us. Fifescapes might not have the imposing, romantic majesty of the West Highlands or Cairngorms, but they do have intrigue and mystery: a world alive with stories.

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“My earliest memories are of walking the hills above the mining village of Ballingry and along shorelines from Aberdour to St Andrews and some of my happiest childhood days were spent participating in the natural theatre of this incredible environment.”

Jobson, who reformed The Skids in 2007 for a series of concerts, including an appearance at T in the Park, has made a number of feature films, including 16 Years of Alcohol, A Woman In Winter, The New Town Killers and The Purifiers.

The 55-year-old added: “My father, a coal-miner, was a keen walker and thankfully he handed that joy onto me.

“I now wonder if his relationship with the land, the sea and the sky was a response to spending so much of his life underground - a need for light, the air, and the acknowledgement that the world that surrounded him offered something beautiful that was simple and free to all of us.

“My life has certainly not been as tough as his but I’ve walked the same ancient paths and looked at the same distant horizons and felt the same wonderment at being part of the elements and feeling the elements become part of me.

“I’ve tried to capture these horizons from fields, pathways and seascapes in images I recorded in Fife over the past 10 years.

“The suggestion of something unknown lying ahead is anchored by a gravity from the very permanence of the land.

“These images are as much about roots as they are about possibilities and adventure. What lies ahead? What was left behind?

“These Fifescapes are in my bones and have influenced everything I have ever tried to do creatively and have always been with me as I journeyed through life.”

Ian Moir, curator of Fire Station Creative, which opened in the converted art deco building last July, said: “We’re really privileged to have Richard exhibit with us.

“It’ll be huge deal for the whole town. He’s a phenomenally talented person who has experienced a level of success that eludes most people.

“Having now worked in many artistic mediums - music, film, poetry, photography - he’s distinguished himself as a true renaissance man.

“The standard of his photographic work is exceptionally high and he has that most essential component of all, a clear artistic vision.”

Land, Sea and Sky runs at Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline from 8-31 July.

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