In his sumptuous book, Saorsa – one of the most remarkable photographic records of Scotland ever produced – Ian Lawson chronicles how the wild lands, seas and people of the Hebrides find common expression in the traditional craft of weaving
Stunning images from Ian Lawson's latest book on the Hebrides
When photographer Ian Lawson first visited the Outer Hebrides 15 years ago he wanted to see for himself the renowned remote landscape of the islands. But as well as glorious scenery he discovered a unique rural lifestyle and a sense of freedom that he hadn’t experienced anywhere else.
The images that he has captured on his many return trips to the islands tell the stories of the local people and animals who live on the crofts and wild coastlines as well as capturing this glorious wilderness.
‘Since the release of my first book From The Land in 2013, the islands continue to reveal themselves in ways I never expect,’ says Ian. ‘So my story too continues to evolve, as I look at life there in an ever-changing light.’
The more photographs Ian took, the more he saw patterns emerge, arrangements of light and shade that have inspired the designs and colours of Harris Tweed for centuries.
The landscapes and textiles are intertwined together in perfect harmony in Ian’s latest book, Saorsa, a beautiful tribute to the slow and meditative rhythm of life in the Outer Hebrides.
The landscapes and textiles are intertwined together in perfect harmony
Opposite: Luskentyre, Harris. Clockwise from top left: Spring lambs at Stockinish, Harris; Murdo at the Old Loom Shed on Harris; free-range at Cluer, Harris; boats shelter in Stockinish Harbour on Harris.