A group of people gather in a Stromness Street to catch up. A young man in flares turns to look at the camera and an older man peeks from behind his wife to smile

Looking back at you

image: Gunnie Moberg Victoria Street, Stromness circa 1978 left to right – Archie Bevan; Ian McInnes; Graham Bevan; Elizabeth Bevan; Nora Meyer; Gerry Meyer.

The Gunnie Moberg Archive Open Day at Stromness Library the other Saturday was attended by over sixty people who delved into a sample of the archive.  And they wanted more, so this Saturday (1 February) from 1-4pm there will be a another opportunity to look through a sample of Stromness prints and put names to faces and dates to local events. A chance for the community to look back at itself through the eyes of Gunnie Moberg.

Tim wearing white gloves looking through prints  Diaries from the Gunnie Moberg Archive with one of Gunnie's lenses sitting on top of them with print boxes and books on the table.  Charlotte with one of Gunnie's books  A group of people discuss prints from the archive
images: Mark Jenkins. Stromness Library 18 January Gunnie Moberg Archive Open Day

Over  four decades (1976 – 2006) Gunnie documented the islands through her photography creating a cultural and artistic treasury. As well as thousands of images, the archive also contains volumes of newspaper clippings, book proofs, diaries, correspondence and the artist’s cameras.  

A stack of ten yello print boxes labelled with Gunnie's distinctive generous writing..'boats, piers, Stromness news, Pier Arts Centre..' The exhibition ‘Between the human and the natural’ – portrait and landscape photography of Gunnie Moberg – continues at Stromness Library until Wednesday 5 February.

Open Day Saturday 1 Februray from 1-4pm.  Stromness Library, Hellihole Road, is open Monday to Thursday 2pm to 7pm, Fridays 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.

Here are just some of the prints of Stromness from the ten Gunnie Moberg Archive print boxes that will be at the library on Saturday.

Aerial black and white of Stromness covered in a light dusting of snow. In red pen written in Gunnie's hand 'varat hus' with a big arrow pointing down to 'our house'

image: Gunnie Moberg. In the middle of the aerial photograph of Stromness Gunnie has written ‘Varat hus’ with a red arrow reaching down to ‘Our house’- number four the double houses at Ness Road, once home to Gunnie, Tam and their four boys.

Aerial black and white photograph of Stromness showing the pier lined waterfront and the ferry tied up at the pier

image: Gunnie Moberg. Pier head, Stromness.

Black and white aerial photograph showing Stromness waterfront and pointing out into the sea, the arrow head shape of the Pole Star pier

image: Gunnie Moberg. Pole star pier, Stromness.

Black and white street scene of Stromness, a family turn the bend at the bottom of Hellihole road

image: Gunnie Moberg. The bottom of Hellihole Road, Stromness. Just out of the frame on the left is the library.

Black and white photograph of Graham Place Stromness packed across with cars in both directions and a man on a bike waiting, among the cars an amused Archie Bevan spots Gunnie Moberg taking the photograph and smiles

image: Gunnie Moberg. Once, when vehicles were smaller, a four wide car jam was possible in Graham Place. Standing in the middle of the traffic Archie Bevan spots Gunnie and smiles.

Black and white image of a back street with stone built houses, roofs in the distnace, central to the image a pole with wires reaching in every direction looking like a weather mast. In the foreground a black dog with white paws sniffs at something on the ground.

image: Gunnie Moberg. Franklin Road, Stromness

In the middle of this black and white street scene two women stand facing each other deep in converstaion and oblivious to the photographer. One woman, the taller one, raises her hand to her face, the other thrust deep in her pocket.

image: Gunnie Moberg. Dundas Street, Stromness

Framed in the dark of his own shop door, the merchant in his hat looks out ready to start a conversation with the quick footed parcel carrying woman striding past.

image: Gunnie Moberg. Peter Drever

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