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In pictures: Scotland's far north

Published
20 August 2017
Three bodies of work offer a glimpse into daily life in rural Scotland in the late 1970s and 80s.
From everyday life to local customs, the photographers show a different side to life as the towns keep their traditional identity amid modern times.

Chick Chalmers

image copyrightChick Chalmers
Chick Chalmers' documentary work focuses on the Orkney Islands and the inhabitants of towns such as Stromness.
Below, sheep are transported from their grazing on the small island of Copinsay to be sold in the capital, Kirkwall.
image copyrightChick Chalmers
image copyrightChick Chalmers
At the Orkney Fishermen's Society Ltd, a co-operative in Stromness, crabs are boiled then packaged for export, but lobster are exported alive.
image copyrightChick Chalmers
Accompanied by his dog, a man attempts to drink a yard of ale while a crowd watches on during Stromness Shopping Week.

Tom Kidd

image copyrightTom Kidd
Tom Kidd's project went even further north, focusing on the Shetland Islands.
In the parish of Nesting, John and Jeannie are seen at home with their pet lamb. Kidd also catches people returning from church on Fair Isle and walking through the landscape of Walls.
image copyrightTom Kidd
image copyrightTom Kidd

Glyn Satterley

Glyn Satterley is known for his images of Scottish sporting estates, but in these images he documents life in the areas of Caithness and Sutherland.
Many believed that the oil industry brought wealth and prosperity to the whole of Scotland, Satterley's images attempt to show a different side to the story.
image copyrightGlyn Satterley
In these photographs, a woman tosses a broom in Dunbeath and a weaver works her loom in Brora Mill.
Potatoes are picked in John O'Groats and in a hotel in Golspie, women hand-fold and assemble The Northern Times ready for publication.
image copyrightGlyn Satterley
image copyrightGlyn Satterley
image copyrightGlyn Satterley
image copyrightGlyn Satterley
All photographs courtesy of Street Level Photoworks. They can be viewed at the gallery in Glasgow until 27 August.

Related Topics

  • Documentary photography
  • Shetland
  • Photography
  • Orkney