In the early 1990’s, after Communism had collapsed, new economies were struggling in Eastern Europe. Huge processing ships were sent to Scottish waters to buy up the mackerel and herring catches, and take them back to the countries of the former Soviet bloc.
Shetland’s shores were busy with scores of these floating factories and the influx of thousands of workers had a marked impact on the local community. Conditions were tough, crews often went unpaid and were forced to scavenge onshore.
Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s images are a fascinating insight into this period of time in Shetland.