Constructing the fly net at Boddin Point, Angus.
© Colin McPherson/

Reference URL

Constructing the fly net at Boddin Point, Angus. 2000
  • Scottish Art
There is an elegance and a rhythm to this beautifully composed photograph. It shows a team of salmon netters securing poles with ropes on the foreshore during construction of the fly net on the rocks at Boddin, Angus. It was taken as part of a ten-year long project by McPherson to document the decline of the Scottish salmon netting industry. This complex type of netting was discontinued in 2001. McPherson’s series sits within Scotland’s strong tradition of documentary photography that goes back to Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill who took calotypes of Newhaven fishermen and women in the 1840s.

Glossary Open


The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.

Documentary photography

Photographs that are presented as a straightforward record of events, people and places.

Calotype, Documentary photography


  • Acc. No. PGP 291.5
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size Image size: 18.50 x 48.50 cm; overall: 40.60 x 50.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2002