Marion Campbell

Marion Campbell

Marion Campbell

When Marion Campbell died she was one of the last traditional Harris Tweed weavers. She clipped the wool from the sheep, spun it into yarn, and dyed it with moss, flowers and heather.

She then wove it into a rich tweed on a rickety wooden loom. Her cloth was so popular around the world that she could never statisfy demand.

Kishorn

Kishorn

Kishorn

The deserted oil rig fabrication yard at Kishorn, in the West Highlands. They built the largest concrete structure in the world in the 1970s, when the oil industry was at its peak in Scotland.

Many of the oil yards in now lie empty. There is talk of new birth now, as the oil companies start to drill deeper still, exploiting the oil fields to the north and west of the Hebrides.

Although many in the islands would welcome the oil dollar again, there is a growing awareness that the energy potential in the Hebrides might not lie in its fossil fuel reserves, but in the renewable energy from wind and water.

Guga Hunting

Guga

Guga

Guga, Ness.

Catch of Fish

Fish

Fish

A rich catch of fish in the hold of the Stornoway trawler ‘Annandale’ in 1982.

Because of continuous over fishing by international and local boats, and some say pollution from fish farming, fish stocks are now under severe pressure.

Today a catch of this size would be a bonanza.

Fish farming in the early 1980s

Fish Farming

Fish Farming

Fish farmers in the mid eighties harvest salmon during the early days of the industry, when it was seen as a ‘croft’ or part-time activity.

Nowadays, fish-farming is big business in the Hebrides.

Multinational companies produce many thousands of tons of salmon per year and control most of the sea and freshwater lochs.

This intensive form of food production brings hundreds of jobs to fragile local communities. But there is increasing concern about a host of environmental issues, such as the effects on wild salmon stocks and the sea bed life.

In the post-BSE public backlash against intensively farmed foods, which has seen sales of organic produce sky-rocket, some are also voicing concerns about the methods used to produce farmed salmon.

Fireman’s Trousers

Fireman's Trousers

Fireman's Trousers

Workman’s trousers left at Barra airport.

A Crofter and his Dog

Crofter and his dog

Crofter and his dog

A young crofter with his sheepdogs in the Lochs area of Lewis. This man was one of the first crofters to gain his land under a scheme which encouraged the transfer of crofts from tenants who weren’t working the land to those who were eager to.

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