THE OUTER HEBRIDES
The Outer Hebrides ( or Na h-Eileanan Siar in Gaelic) are a chain of islands lying off the North West coast of mainland Scotland. They are made up of over 10 inhabited islands including; Harris, Lewis, Benbecula, North Uist, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra. In the summer the days are long providing a lovely light and at all times of year the weather is very changeable.
The Outer Hebrides offers some of the most stunning landscapes anywhere in the world from long sandy beaches with turquoise waters, salt marshes to high mountains, abandoned crofts and stone circles like the world famous Callanish stone circle (amongst many other ancient and neolithic sites). For me the Hebrides are a very special place with an unique “Hebridean light” that just lifts a scene in to the sublime.
The photographer Paul Strand came to South Uist in the Outer Hebrides in 1954 to live for a short while to photograph the land, the people and the rapidly vanishing way of life. From it he published the book “Tir a’Mhurain – Outer Hebrides” in 1962
“I like to photograph people who have strength and dignity in their faces; whatever life has done to them, it hasn’t destroyed them. I gravitate toward people like that” – Paul Strand
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