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Shark pictures 'fight prejudice'

Great white (Pic: Nick Sidle)
Nick Sidle dived in a shark cave to capture a great white

Pictures of sharks and Scottish birds are to be used in a series of events designed to fight prejudices against people and wildlife.

Photographer Nick Sidle, of Beauly near Inverness, dived in a shark cage off Australia to capture images of a great white.

His work will be exhibited this summer in Edinburgh and at Loch Lomond.

They will provide the backdrop to Without Frontiers, which includes dance dramas and storytelling.

Put together by Dingwall-based group Heartstone and dancer/storyteller Sitakumari, the project has received funding from public agency Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Following smaller scale one-day pilots last year, Without Borders will be held over two to three days at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick; in Edinburgh and on the shores of Loch Lomond in June, July and October.

October's event will celebrate the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

For this, Mr Sidle took images of Kessock lifeboat crew, which launches from Inverness.

Sitakumari said the photographer has a talent for capturing a moment, whether it was patiently waiting for osprey or taking images from a seat inside a military jet.

Mr Sidle joined Australian shark hunter-turned-conservationist Rodney Fox on an expedition to photograph a great white.

'Mind-blowing'

Sitakumari said: "They were in this incredible location for 10 days and on only two did a great white appear.

"The pressure on Nick to produce the goods was mind-blowing."

Persecution of the sharks provided an ideal example in Heartstone's efforts to fight prejudice and intolerance, she said.

Sitakumari said: "The great white is perfect at what it does and its been around far longer than humans.

"We have portrayed it as part of the environment that should be respected and feared, but not killed. Nick's image of one swimming towards him with the fish scattering shows it as a god of the deep."


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