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By Colin Smeeton

Dr David Hogg, reflecting on nine years of being a rural GP and keen photographer on Arran, is sharing a portion of his huge archive of photographs taken during this time at an exhibition called #9YearsOnArran.

The exhibition which will be on display until Sunday June 30, at Arran Active in Brodick, has come about after David made the difficult decision to move off the island for what he describes as ‘happy and positive’ personal reasons – his forthcoming wedding to his fiancee Julia Harrison.

A wealth of work so extensive – and some only being seen by the public for the first time – the collection has had to be categorised into subcategories, culture, sport, emergency teams, nature and community.

Making the comparison between being a GP and his love of photography, David says that both vocations require a focus on narrative and an understanding of storytelling as the basis of communication. Juxtaposing listening to the stories from patient’s lives with that of photographs that can convey meaning, such as conflict, anxiety or personality, David says that he is drawn to images that tell a story and that if he was not working in general practice he would be a photojournalist.

Describing his time on Arran as rewarding and fulfilling David said: ‘I have been privileged to live on Arran since August 2010. Living on the island has meant being surrounded by nature, landscapes and personalities.

‘My  #9YearsOnArran have been filled with great experiences and the opportunity to work with some amazing people. It has also been full of the challenges that would be expected with regular on-call and diverse medical practice. Photography has offered me a means of relaxation – both when shooting and processing images.

‘The variety of activities, scenery and personalities on Arran offers a ripe stage for photographic discovery. I like the challenge of using a wide range of technical skills to cover a range of genres, particularly events, landscape and documentary.’

And deflecting some of the attention from himself, David also praised other photographers on Arran, three in particular who are sharing some of the exhibition space with him: Beth McCartney, Natalie Lambie of Unfolding Moments and Kirstie Smith of A Focus for Adventure.

David said: ‘I learn much from other photographers, and they have inspired me with their Instagram feeds. I am delighted that they are presenting their photography here as well.

‘A huge thank you also needs to be said to Andrew and Juliette Walsh for making the exhibition space at Arran Active available for photographers, artists and other exhibitors. Their support and promotion of local talent in the community is very much appreciated.’

In July David will make the move away from Arran after having played a vital role in many aspects of community life. Speaking of his imminent move he said: ‘I’m set for a new chapter and excited by the prospect of living and working closer to our parents and our mainland friends.’

Visitors browsing the #9YearsOnArran exhibition. 01_B19David01

Many familiar Arran faces can be seen in David Hogg’s pictures.  01_B19David02

David Hogg is pictured at the #9YearsOnArran exhibition which has been very well received by visitors to the exhibition. 01_B19David03