A Borders photographer launched her new exhibition celebrating sport and fashion in Scotland at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh on Monday.
Fashion photographer Alex Aikman, who lives in Melrose, worked with Colours – one of Scotland’s top modelling agencies – on the photographic venture, called Fit, which explores the fusion of Scottish sport and creative fashion talent with a series of arresting, high-impact images.
Formerly an award-winning senior picture editor with The Scotsman Publications, The Observer and The Sunday Herald, Alex has returned to her first love, life behind the lens, and is the creative director behind a successful photography business, achieving recognition as a photographer with considerable talent and flair.
Alex told The Southern: “This is a momentous time for Scotland, with the sporting, creative and political spotlights firmly on our country. Iconic figures, including Andy Murray and Sir Chris Hoy, have inspired millions with their outstanding achievements. We’re standing at a crossroads in Scotland’s history, and playing host to one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.
“I feel there’s no better time to pay tribute to the aesthetic beauty of sporting excellence in Scotland. The object of this work is to fuse the artistic versatility of fashion with the energy and ambition of sport, in a body of striking images featuring world-class models from the Colours agency.
“The models have been styled in beautiful high-fashion sports couture, and by combining a mixture of Scottish locations and studio backdrops, the objective was to produce a series of beautiful photographic images celebrating sporting prowess and the beauty of the human form in sport.”
A number of athletes also feature in Alex’s work, including Colin Gregor, captain of the Rugby Sevens Scotland team, who was playing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Alex continued: “Edinburgh, with its thriving and vibrant interest in fashion, provides a perfect platform for this contemporary photography exhibition, which aims to harness public enthusiasm in a celebration of sporting excellence.”