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Photojournalist Nick Sidle's Faces of Kabul exhibition in Highland capital tells a story of hope, resilience and optimism

By Hector MacKenzie

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Nick Sidle at his exhibition Faces of Kabul at Eden Court.Picture Gary Anthony..
Nick Sidle at his exhibition Faces of Kabul at Eden Court.Picture Gary Anthony..

A poignant story of “hope, resilience and optimism” about the future of Afghanistan told through the eyes of a photographer with close links to a Dingwall-based charity has gone on show at Eden Court.

Faces of Kabul, produced by photojournalist and writer Nick Sidle and supported by, amongst others, Heartstone in Dingwall, tells the human story of people in the early months of 2002, after the Taliban regime had fallen.

Mr Sidle, who is based near Beauly, was given special access at this time to tell a visual story of the world of Afghanistan in the early months after 9/11, which led to the involvement of NATO.

His story, beyond the politics and conflict, highlights the lives of ordinary people – lives, say organisers of the exhibition “not that dissimilar from our own”.

Nick Sidle
Nick Sidle

Sitakumari, director of Heartstone, said: “It is about seeing people, not prejudice but in this case, Faces of Kabul has a further purpose, reminding us all of the events from which it all started 20 years ago, the sadness, tragedies and loss but also the hopes and dreams that were there at that time, allowing us, through the power of photojournalism, to step into the shoes of people who we may perceive as so different from ourselves, but in fact to come to the understanding that they are not.”

Story of hope, resilience and optimism told through eyes of photojournalist

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