Show Us Colonsay by Sophie Gerrard

Jan, Colonsay, May 2022

I’m an island lover, certainly. Having visited and photographed many of Scotland’s islands, I had never been to Colonsay. It’s a place I’ve heard so much about from friends and colleagues. So it was a wonderful opportunity to visit for a Document Scotland project this May. My approach is always to gravitate towards people, after a bit of time exploring and walking, I started making portraits of those I met along the way. Some planned, some not. Everyone interesting, kind, hospitable and welcoming.

Here are a few of those portraits and images of the island – I hope to be back.

Peedie feeding the ewes, Colonsay, May 2022
Morgan, RSPB warden for the tidal island of Oronsay, drives over the strand from Oransay to Colonsay at low tide, May 2022
Morgan and Jess, RSPB, Oronsay, May 2022

Morgan and Jess live and work on the RSPB reserve on the tidal island of Oronay. The island is accessible only at low tide by driving over the strand from Garvard. It’s a unique place, a farm as well as a nature reserve, with an abundance of corncrakes which you can certainly hear but rarely see.

Jan’s greenhouse, Colonsay May 2022
Jen, Colonsay, May 2022
Scalasaig, Colonsay, May 2022
Boris, Coloinsay, May 2022
Fleeces used on Jess’ garden, Oronsay, 2022

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