Hyperborea: Lands of the North

23 Sept - 4 Nov 2017

23 September – 4 November 2017

  • Dark Mountains | Silent Islands: Alex Boyd,
  • Faces of the North: Ragnar Axelsson
  • After: Chris Friel

Taking its name from the mythical location found ‘beyond the North Wind’, this exhibition brings together three acclaimed photographers from Iceland, Scotland and England. The 18th century philosopher John Toland identified ‘Hyperborea’ as the Isle of Lewis, making it a fitting location to share a series of works which explore the remote geographical regions of Northern Europe, such as Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Outer Hebrides.

The stark black and white work of Ragnar Axelsson, better known as RAX, have been the subject of landmark photographic books such as Last Days of the Arctic.  His insightful and unsentimental images reveal vast landscapes, remote communities, and people making a living in the harshest of environments. Over three decades he has established himself as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers with work published in the New York Times, National Geographic and Time.

Ragnar Axlesson will be speaking about the  Last Days of the Arctic as part of Facalan: The Hebridean Book Festival on Thursday 26 October at 7pm

The photographer Alex Boyd is best known for his brooding landscapes which utilise antique processes to depict the mountainous terrain of his native Scotland, with images made using silver, cyanide and glass. This exhibition contains new work made in the Hebrides, with Japanese inspired landscape work made in challenging conditions on the peaks of the Cuillin Ridge of Skye, as well as in the Outer Hebrides. It will also feature new documentary work from the series ‘The Land of Maybe’ made over several years and journeys to The Faroe Islands. Concentrating on portraits of the people and landscapes of the archipelago, this ambitious project will be published as a book in late 2017.

Chris Friel is perhaps best known for his experimental and innovative approach to making images, using digital techniques to make haunting and ethereal works which explore time and place.

After’ is a moving response to the loss of his son Joe, who took his own life in December 2016. Made over the course of a single day, the work is a meditation on memory and place, and was made in the landscapes of Lewis and Harris.


The show has been curated by Alex Boyd, with assistance from The Flow Festival of Photography, and with assistance from the Daiwa Foundation.


Ragnar Axelsson www.rax.is

Alex Boyd www.alexboyd.co.uk

Chris Friel www.cfriel.com