St Kilda to St Kilda Exhibition
Kosdown Director David Downie and partner Libby Niven recently exhibited a selection of photographic works at the St Kilda Town Hall Gallery. The images were taken over two separate trips to the remote archipelago of St Kilda, which lies some 40 miles off the coast of Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The St Kilda group of islands contains the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The largest island is Hirta, whose sea cliffs are the highest in the United Kingdom. These immense sea cliffs were scaled for hundreds of years by the local inhabitants in search of prized sea bird eggs. But illnesses brought by increased external contact with the outside world through tourism, and the upheaval of the First World War contributed to the island’s complete evacuation by 1930, and no permanent population has existed on the island since that time. All that remains now is ruins, ghosts and legends (as well as feral sheep which have out survived the humans).
Not only are the images that David and Libby have taken hauntingly vast and visually stunning, all the printing and production for the exhibition was superbly handled by Kosdown’s own large scale flat bed digital printer. Head here to check out images from the exhibition: http://fromstkildatostkilda.com/