A photography exhibit at Forres Town Hall celebrates the community’s Unexpected Gardens project

Bike Bothy owner Kevin Riddoch in the alley next to his store.

A new photography exhibit in the city center celebrates locals growing their own fruits and vegetables – in the most unlikely places.

Photographer Alexander Williamson’s exhibition at Forres Town Hall began as part of the ‘Unexpected Gardens’ project run by Findhorn Bay Arts in partnership with Dandelion, the Scotland-wide creative growth initiative – from novice growers to green-fingered experts, his portraits celebrate the growing Moray community, spotlighting people taking new and alternative approaches to growing food sustainably.

Margot Henderson in her garden at Memory Lane.
Margot Henderson in her garden at Memory Lane.

Alexander said, “It was so nice to meet the growing community around Forres and record their stories of why they grew. Many spoke of the connection to the soil and nature as well as the physical and mental health benefits. Some have reflected on reconnecting with past memories and lost loved ones. I’m so grateful to everyone who let me take their picture over the summer.

“My intention is to expand this project over the next year, to capture those people who might have been missed the first time around. So if you develop your own and want to be a part of this project, that would be great. hear from you. Please contact me through my website.

This community includes residents living in the inner city lanes, representatives from Unexpected Garden Community Growth Partners such as Forres in Bloom and Transition Town Forres, and local artists, musicians, producers and producers who have also been involved. .

Dorota Owen grew up behind a familiar Chinese restaurant on the High Street.
Dorota Owen grew up behind a familiar Chinese restaurant on the High Street.

Unexpected Gardens’ emerging creative producer Eva Zandman said, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the project. We hope that through all the various activities on offer, we have inspired people to keep growing, sowing and sharing vegetables and that it will continue in as many forms as possible in the future.”

The portraits are accompanied by short stories of each sitter revealing the inspiration they draw from their own growth.

Open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the exhibit at Forres Town Hall is open until Sunday, October 2 as part of the fourth Findhorn Bay Festival.

To learn more about Alexander’s work, visit www.alexander-williamson.com.

Tracey L. Sweeney