Project Description

Online Exhibitions

We have so many beautiful images for you to enjoy in online exhibitions specially created for the Festival.

You can go to Swona, out on the edge of South Ronaldsay and in the full force of the Pentland Firth’s tidestream. Uninhabited for nearly fifth years, it is now the home of feral cattle so distinctive as to be recognised as a separate breed, and the home too of seals.

We have an exhibition of 360-degree photospheres that you can turn this way and that to get panoramic views all around. At various information points there is more, sometimes archive photos, sometimes a recorded voice telling you more.

A journey through time is the theme of Walking Lake Orcadie. The concept comes from the street of Stromness, where the flagstones bear imprints of their origin as sediments in a great lake.

To see more islands, go to Orkney Camera Club’s exhibition Around the Islands, with travels across the islands, with scenes of sailing and flying as well. You can comb the beaches, and see life and work.

You can see lighthouses, from Cantick Head to North Ronaldsay, beaches and seabirds flying, Westray’s cliffs and Graemsay’s community centre, a fine day over Pierowall in Westray and a touch of winter snow on Hoy.

Lake Orcadie was set in a desert in the heart of a continent, with its muddy margins baked out by the sun, and currents of water leaving ripples on the sand below. The shapes were imprinted into the slowly accumulating sediments, and continued as the sediments weight of sediment built up pressures below sufficient to form rocks. The exhibition looks at flagstones and the imprints they retain, 400 million years on.

Set fair for Swona

Out in the Pentland Firth tidestream, on the southern approaches to Scapa Flow, the island of Swona has seen many shipwrecks. It has been uninhabited for nearly fifty years, and the remaining cattle, now feral, are recognised as a distinct breed. You can see Swona, with its seals and feral cattle, out in the Pentland Firth, in Katy Firth’s exhibition of 360-degree photospheres. Turn them around for complete panoramic views, with recordings and archive photos as well. ...

Walking Lake Orcadie

An exhibition by Rebecca Marr - In Walking Lake Orcadie Rebecca, a photographic artist whose gaze is often on the natural world, among clouds or plants or seaweed, focuses on flagstones as individuals, each shaped by time. In close-up, she says, the stones form compositions, images that range from moonscapes to figures in a dance, each one “a still image made in a time of flux”. ...