Max Rowe’s photography generally focusses on aspects of intangible cultural heritage. Despite living in Scotland for 25 years, his first visit to the Outer Hebrides was not until 2021 when he travelled to Lewis and Harris. This work represents an initial visual response and a starting point for further exploration in the future.
The handmade box containing the artist’s photobooks echoes the peat briquettes cut by many islanders to provide fuel. The three concertina books are arranged horizontally, vertically and diagonally to echo their respective themes as summarised in the three haiku style poems.
“I was captivated by the island of Lewis and Harris, its rich heritage and the ever-changing light.”