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Abandoned croft houses can be found all over the Western Isles and there is no shortage of photographs of them. To an extent these buildings supply the artists and photographers of the Western Isles with a Hebridean kind of Wabi-sabi, most notably the ideas of imperfection and the impermanence of all things. Nonetheless, these houses are photogenic and difficult to resist.

The house in this photograph was built around a Nissen hut and can still be found on the island of Benbecula. It was while taking photographs of and around this house that I began to dwell on the impermanence that these houses display. Although the house is changing over the years and so too the occupants, the view that they saw from the house, the view that we can still see has changed very little.

Abandoned croft house Benbecula Outer Hebrides Western Isles in black and white with colour photo in frame

This image is part of the exhibition Innse Gall which is on show at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, North Uist until April the 30th.


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