A HOST of familiar Staffin faces are front and centre in a special photo exhibition which has just opened its doors.

More than 40 local people from across the district have been photographed as part of Staffin Community Trust’s Sùil an t-Solais (Eye of the Light) project.

Each portrait was shot entirely in black and white by the talented Kylerhea photographer Isabelle Law over the last few weeks in as many townships as she could visit including Lealt, Digg, Flodigarry. Marrishadder, Stenscholl, Garros, Garafad, Clachan, Culnacnoc and Brogaig.

The exhibition is entirely in Gaelic and open at Talla Stafainn with an important aspect being the subjects are listed as their sloinneadh (who they are of) ie, Iain Dhòmhnaill ‘ain Sheumais, Brògaig, Iain Alasdair Dheirg, An Gàrradh Fada and Seònaid Shòmhairle Siùsaidh, Bhaltos.

There are a range of folk featured and different family members.

Isabelle’s subjects also included people who had previously featured in the acclaimed photographer Gus Wylie’s book The Hebrides and Patterns of the Hebrides including Helen and Ewen MacLeod in Garafad, and John Bertie MacKenzie, Stenscholl.

Gus spent a lot of time in Staffin and Lewis in the late 1970s and early 1980s photographing local people and his seminal books are a staple in most Staffin homes.

His work was a big influence on Isabella who was delighted that Helen and Ewan were happy to try and emulate photographs Gus had taken of them more than 40 years ago.

SCT’s programme officer Angus Murray said: “Last year, Isabelle helped us by taking photographs of all our local businesses for the new website. We were really impressed with her work and how well she got on with everyone. She came up with this idea and we are really happy with the results, there is so much character in all the faces of the people featured."

Suil and t-Solais has been supported by Community Land Scotland’s Gaelic Community Fund.

The exhibition is free to visit.

The full list of the participants is below:

Sùil an t-Solais (Eye of the Light)

Muinntir An Taobh Sear - Cò th’annainn?

People in the Photographs

Duchan Gheàrrois

Duncan MacKenzie, Garros

Dòmhnall Aonghais Mhòir, Cùl nan Cnoc

Donald MacLeod, Culnacnoc

Eàirdsidh Mòr Dhòmhnaill Iain, Flòdaigearraidh

Archie Nicolson, Flodigarry

Iain Bàn, Steinnseal

Iain ‘Blondie’ MacDonald, Stenscholl

John MacCoinnich, Steinnseal

John ‘Bertie’ MacKenzie, Stenscholl

Barbara Whitehead, An Dìg

(Skyetails), Digg

Sylvia Porter, An Clachan

Murchadh Ruadh, An Leth-allt

Murdo MacPherson, Lealt

Aonghas Ros, Eiliseadar (Rosaich Chnoc an t-Sìthein)

Angus Ross, Ellishadder

Brian Irving, An Gàrradh Fada (Garrafad)

Iseabail NicDhòmhnaill

Isobel MacDonald, The Old School House

Iain Dhòmhnaill ‘ain Sheumais, Brògaig

Iain Matheson, Brogaig

Donna NicChoinnich, Màileagar

Donna MacKenzie, Maligar

Ingrid Keys, An Clachan

Eilidh ‘Mickey’, An Gàrradh Fada



Eilidh MacKinnon, Garrafad

Teàrlach Peutan agus a nighean, Emma NiCholla, Flòdaigearraidh

Charlie Beaton with his daughter, Emma MacColl, Flodigarry

Sonia Suman, Steinnseal (Stenscholl)

Seònaid Shòmhairle Siùsaidh, Bhaltos

Janet Lamont, Valtos

Seán Ó Drisceoil, agus a bhen, Mòrag nan Crannag, An Gàrradh Fada

Sean O’ Driscol and his wife, Marion MacDonald, Garrafad

Maoilios Oighrig Mhaoilis, Na Dùnanan

Myles Campbell, Dunans

Steven MacDiarmaid, Tòrabhaig (ag obair ann an Cùl nan Cnoc)

Steven McDiarmid, Torvaig (but working in Culnacnoc)

Teàrlach Dhòmhnaill Angais, An Dìg

Charlie MacLeod, Digg

Dòmhnall Angus Aonghais Ruaidh agus a mhac, Scott

Donald Angus MacDonald and his son, Scott

Aonghas ‘Cheanaidh’ Stiùbhart, Am Breacaradh

Angus Stewart, Breckrey

Calum MacDhòmhnaill, Steinnseal

Calum ‘The Herd’ MacDonald, Stenscholl

Dùghall Ros agus a nighean, Caroline Iseabail, (Rosaich Chnoc an t-Sìthein), Eiliseadar

Dugald and Caroline Iseabail Ross, Ellishadder

Holly NicIlleathain, Lochan an Stòir

Holly Maclean, Storr Lochs

Michelle Hickman, Grèalainn (Grealin)

Helen Shandaidh agus a mac, Eòghann, An Gàrradh Fada

Helen and Ewen MacLeod, Garrafad

Hannah NicDhiarmaid, Tòrabhaig, aig a bheil ceangal ris An Leth-allt

Hannah MacDiarmid of Torvaig, who has family connections to Lealt

Iain Alasdair Dheirg, An Gàrradh Fada (an-diugh ann an Sealtainn)

Iain MacInnes, Garrafad (resident in Shetland)

Sìm agus Ciorstaidh, Cùl nan Cnoc

Simon and Kirsty Wallwork, Glenview, Culnacnoc

Marion Dhonaidh Sheonaidh Ruaidh, Brògaig

Marion Mortimer, Brogaig

Donnchadh agus Cairistìona MacDhaibhidh, An Gàrradh Fada

Duncan and Christine Davidson, Garrafad

Allan Ruaraidh Gobha, An Clachan

Allan ‘Goa’ MacLeod. Clachan

Dòmhnall Alec Ros, Mairiseadar


Donald Alex Ross, Marishader

Fiona Cruickshank, An Gàrradh Fada