Iolaire is the Scot’s Gaelic for eagle, a beautiful but elusive bird that inhabits the highlands of Scotland. I picked this title as it reflects what I want to put here. Things where there may be beauty therein, but it maybe elusive. Iolaire is also associated in the Islands with one of the greatest maritime tragedies in peace time. It was the name of a an admiralty yacht that was taking servicemen to the Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris when it struck rocks just outside of Stornoway harbour in 1918. Over 200 fathers, sons, brothers and husbands were lost.  A  terrible tragedy for a fragile island community that already had suffered a great toll after the carnage of the first world war.

It seems to me that beauty, elusiveness and tragedy are concepts that often are intertwined. In my images, thoughts and words I hope to reflect that and seek out that beauty.


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