Named after a mythical location said to be found beyond the north wind, a new exhibition at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, brings together three acclaimed photographers from Iceland, Scotland and England.
The stark black and white work of Ragnar Axelsson (aka RAX) reveals vast landscapes, remote communities, and people making a living in the harshest of environments. Over three decades he has established himself as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers, with work published in the New York Times, National Geographic and Time.
Alex Boyd, featured previously on The Island Review, is best known for his brooding landscapes which utilise antique processes to depict the mountainous terrain of his native Scotland. He is presenting new work made in Skye and The Outer Hebrides, alongside documentary images made in The Faroe Islands.
Chris Friel is perhaps best known for using experimental digital techniques to make haunting and ethereal works which explore time and place. ‘After’ is a moving response to the loss of his son Joe, who took his own life in December 2016. Made over the course of a single day, the work is a meditation on memory and place, and was shot in the landscapes of Lewis and Harris.
The exhibition has been curated by Alex Boyd, with assistance from The Flow Festival of Photography and the Daiwa Foundation.