Isle of Jura is, nowadays, home to only a few hundred people yet
every corner of this dramatic landscape is steeped in the stories
and legends of those who have lived there in the past. The "Paps"
of Jura dominate the seascape for miles around yet the island,
with no direct ferry link with the Scottish mainland, is familiar
to relatively few. This unique book, featuring more than fifty photographs
of the island, will introduce you to both the its wide open -
and "empty" - spaces and its more intimate corners.
Gary McKay has illustrated his remarkably detailed images with
the traditional stories linked with each location.
book is a joint project between the Feolin Study Centre in Jura
and House of Lochar, following on from Brian Hindmarch's rather
different but equally distinctive photographic treatment of Colonsay.
(Colonsay: Elements of an Island). The photographs are a selection
from Professor McKay's landscape exhibition entitled, "Jura
365". For commentary he has researched and compiled, where
possible, oral stories about each place and carefully translated
these stories from their traditional Gaelic, while trying to retain
their original flavour. Coupled with short, incisive and personal
introductory paragraphs, the book is not an elegy for a Hebridean
island that has lost its original culture, but a proud and defiant
shout of cultural self-awareness.
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