Hebridean Views

The idealised image of the Outer Hebrides includes wind swept beaches, isolated peat covered moors, and craggy mountain cliff tops abounding with wildlife. These images are reproduced in countless tourist postcards and websites to entice visitors to visit, explore, and of course spend their money on the islands. At the same, these images create a certain expectation of the islands that not only promote a particular ‘way of seeing’ the landscape, but perpetuate the dominant narrative of the ‘wild’ wind-swept islands. This visual project challenges these notions of ‘nature’, wilderness and folk heritage by developing a series of unconventional tourist postcards. In a subversive nod to the twentieth century travel postcard, this project explores contemporary Hebridean issues, including: military sites, industry, architecture, and family. The project contemplates an approach of the illustration as critical tourist. Therefore, offering insight into how identity, place and heritage are developed within the region.

The Glasgow School of Art