Tag: John Coutts

Reflections apo hands

Last month’s Wool Week saw the launch of a very special book, which gives voice to the shared memories of local knitters. Reflections apo hands is the fruit of a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland, Shetland Arts, photographer John Coutts and playwright Jacqui Clark. Shetland Life met Ann Williamson and Laura Whittall to hear the story behind this inspirational and far-reaching project – don’t miss the full story in November’s magazine.


This month, photographer May Graham returns with some truly spell-binding Island Women. May says of her most recent photo shoot: “I love getting together with people to take their photos. We always have such a laugh and I am thankful I have people who are willing for me to photograph them”.

Continuing our supernatural theme, we have photography by John Coutts. Check out some archive footage of the Shetland Annual Zombiefest for some Halloween costume inspiration!

Then and Now

John Coutts has kindly shared some wonderful photographs from the 1960s, when Up-Helly-A’ was all about squad meetings, preparation and making suits and props. In this photo by Dennis Coutts, Ernie Lockwood and Douglas Coutts are working on paper mache masks.

Intrigued by John’s selection of images for January’s Shetland Life, we decided to catch up with some of the people in the photographs. For interviews with Douglas C. Smith, Ronnie Gair, Rae Leask and George and Lorraine Jamieson, don’t miss this month’s issue.

Local photographers


We asked local photographer, Andrew Hutton to share some photos of views which get him in to Christmas mood. He obliged by sending in a stunning series of photographs which show Shetland in all its winter glory.
On the subject of photography, this issue also features beautiful images by Joy Allan, Richard Shucksmith and Dennis Coutts among others.

The spirit of Christmas past


Of course, this is also a time when we look back to the past, and this month’s Shetland Life provides a good dose of festive nostalgia too.

We have some stunning photos courtesy of John and Dennis Coutts (don’t you just love Santa’s rubber boots in this photo from 1959?) and an account of a war time Christmas party by Douglas C. Smith.

Continuing the war time theme, Amy Gear interviews her grandparents and discovers how resourceful Santie had to be during these less affluent times.