St Kilda: The Si­lent Is­lands

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By Alex Boyd, Luath Press, £20, 192 pages, hard­back, 978-1910745649

The aus­tere beauty of St Kilda, a small vol­canic archipelago 41 miles west of Ben­bec­ula in the Outer He­brides, has been well doc­u­mented. Land­scape and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher Alex Boyd is not afraid to doc­u­ment the scars, mil­i­tary build­ings and radar domes scat­tered around St Kilda, but he bal­ances this out with im­ages of the archipelago’s as­ton­ish­ing nat­u­ral beauty. Many of the black & white im­ages were shot on a medium-for­mat cam­era that once be­longed to Fay God­win and, Boyd ad­mits, he turned to her work both for guid­ance and as a point of de­par­ture. St Kilda: The Si­lent Is­lands is not a guide­book – nor was it in­tended to be – but it does de­liver an in­cred­i­ble sense of place. ★★★★ ★ Tracy Calder

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