National Library of Scotland Fellowship
I've been awarded a Fellowship at the National Library of Scotland to research and write a new book, which will finally allow me to develop out a project I've been working on for a number of years. The Fellowship has given me the chance to spend time in the archives as well as in the mountains of Scotland climbing and photographing. You can read more about the Graham Brown Mountaineering Fellowship here.
St Kilda - the Silent Islands
The book St Kilda - The Silent Islands was launched earlier in the year and so far has enjoyed favourable reviews, as well as some packed launch events in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society in their June issue said:
"Alex Boyd captures the natural beauty magnificently, while his studies of aircraft wreckage, radar stations and other signs of the islands' military presence, reveal another side to this captivating place"
The Scotsman newspaper also ran an in-depth article on the book, with landscape writer Roger Cox commenting that
"Is there a danger that, by over-romanticising St Kilda we fail to understand it properly? - That seems to be the thesis of an admirably clear-sighted series of pictures by photographer Alex Boyd"
The new issue of The Dark Mountain also features a selection of images from the book. You can buy a copy of this leading arts and poetry publication here.
Talks & Events: St Kilda Talks
There are currently several upcoming events, both of which will focus on the St Kilda work. These will be an afternoon talk as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of 'Scotlands' run by my publisher Luath Press. You can buy tickets here.
The second talk will be as part of the Portobello Book Festival in October, and I will also be speaking at the Faclan 2018 book festival in the Outer Hebrides on the 31st of October. More details to come.
New curated exhibition - Iùl: art, course, learning, guidance
I have co-curated an exhibition at An Lanntair, which follows on from the successful curated room of Hebridean Art at the Royal Scottish Academy. This exhibition includes work by Ellis O’Connor, Beka Globe, Andy Laffan, Mhairi Law, Moira Maclean, Katie Harris Macleod, Laura Maynard, Christine Morrison, Jordane Symington and Rachel Thompson. It also features a unique contribution from Hanna Tuulikki. More information about the show can be found here.
On Landscape Magazine - The Resurgence of Alternative Photography
I was invited to write an article by On Landscape magazine reflecting on the usage of antique photographic processes, and discussing some of the findings of my Winston Churchill Fellowship. You can read it here.
Studies in Photography - Exhibition Review
Studies in Photography, the journal of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography have reviewed a recent group exhibition I was involved with at Perth Museum celebrating the work of Victorian photographer Magnus Jackson. Written by curator Sara Stevenson, she says on my work:
"Alex Boyd's tintypes of the Isle of Skye, silvered and smeared at the edges, or showing broken film, achieve an older, Romantic idea of the landscape which sets it apart from familiar experience."
Studies in Photography can be purchased here.