WEAV­ING MAGIC

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

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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.

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