'Forward Lockerbie' photo show marks 25th anniversary of Pan Am 103

By Emily Kulkus

November 19, 2013
One of the images from Professor Lawrence Mason's current show, "Forward Lockerbie," in the Lobby of Newhouse 1.

As the 25th anniversary of the Pan Am 103 terrorist bombing nears, vivid memories of the past emerge. Through a new series of photographs now on display in the lobby of Newhouse 1, professor Lawrence Mason encourages viewers to not look back, but to look ahead with “Forward Lockerbie.”

The photos are meant to stir ideas about the future development of Lockerbie and its strong relationship with Syracuse University. “Forward Lockerbie” is part of a series of events to commemorate the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988 in which 35 SU students were killed.

Mason has explored Lockerbie in ways few others have: “I’ve pored over extremely detailed Ordinance Survey maps, interviewed local people and driven hundreds of miles in search of history and beauty.  I’ve seen spots that many local people have never heard of.”

With that knowledge, he asks questions about the future of Lockerbie, particularly its ability to tap into the area’s potential for tourism. Why not use Lockerbie’s already strong relationship with SU, particularly the Newhouse School, to encourage tourism there?

“Within the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, we have student advertising and public relations agencies that take on real-world clients,” Mason says. “Lockerbie could be such a client. Materials could be prepared without cost, tailored to the needs of the community. The maps and brochures could be made available to visitors in all of Lockerbie’s stores, pubs, hotels and restaurants.”

An intriguing possibility — which Mason admits is just an idea — for two communities forever linked by history.

“I, for one, would like to see our unique relationship expanded and deepened in the coming years.”

Mason’s show will be on display in the lobby of Newhouse 1 through Dec. 21.  

Newhouse, in partnership with the Alexia Foundation, also recently hosted a presentation and panel discussion about the power of photography to affect social change. The Alexia Foundation was founded by Peter and Aphrodite Tsairis in memory of their daughter, Alexia Tsairis, who died in the bombing. Alexia was a junior photojournalism student in the Newhouse School.