There has been a lot of talk about the Scottish oil industry of late. It has recently taken a dive along with the price of Brent, bringing with it redundancies. I was recently asked to shoot a series of portraits and details for the Wall Street Journal on this very subject.
I spent the afternoon in a Dockers and Riggers bar just beside the Aberdeen Harbour. Now I have spent my fair share of time in bars, working behind them as well as propping them up, and I'm sure this pub has served as a haven for thirsty Oil workers for generations, but how many female photographers they've had through those doors in that time... I could only guess.
Once limits were tested and boundaries set we all forgot any differences and relaxed. I heard tales of 'the good old days' and conspiracy theories, talk of Russia and I even tried to follow an in-depth explanation of what a Christmas tree is, I still don't know. These guys know their international politics and they know oil. Ultimately we all had a great laugh getting what the Journal needed and I hope things turn in their favour soon.