Earlier this summer, filmmaker and photographer Tom Merilion decided to go to Shetland. Here he shares some of the work he created during his visit, along with his impressions of the island, its landscapes and its people.
Work was quiet and I wanted to go on a trip to somewhere that was going to give me some wild weather and photographic opportunity. The idea of a road trip is always appealing, so I took my cameras but had no idea what I was going to film and photograph.
I stayed with my friend’s partner and together we made a plan to see as many places and people I could fit into my few days there. Evenings were spent looking at maps, making calls, posting requests on Facebook, and drinking whisky in front of the peat fire.
I found the landscape and weather truly inspiring and the people open, welcoming and intrigued as to what I was doing. I simply said I was wanted to capture imagery of the island and its people, and they obliged, letting me into their homes, work places and lives.
I hope my film and photographs capture a little of my experience there. One day soon I hope to return to make something a bit more in depth.
Thank you Shetland.