In Pictures

The romanticism of the Scottish wilderness

A view of the island of Tanera Mor Image copyright Kevin Percival

Tanera Mor is the largest island in the Summer Isles archipelago, clusters of land that are part of the Scottish Highlands.

The island is not consistently inhabited, but is populated by a revolving group of holidaymakers, fishermen and artists.

In 2012, photographer Kevin Percival moved to the island and spent two years living there seasonally; eight months on, four months off.

He has returned every year since to continue documenting island life.

A man with a crook stands in front of the sea Image copyright Kevin Percival
A town by the water Image copyright Kevin Percival
A sheet with feet coming from underneath Image copyright Kevin Percival

Percival photographed people from different backgrounds, for whom the island was a strong presence within their lives.

He said: "The island takes on very different roles for each person.

"For artists and writers, it is a gateway to contemplation or inspiration. For the scallop divers, creelers and fish-farmers, it is their living."

A girl sits on a bench Image copyright Kevin Percival
Details of the inside of a ship Image copyright Kevin Percival
A woman sits on a rock Image copyright Kevin Percival

By photographing the landscapes, people and details that contribute to the fabric of the island, Percival hopes to show a "portrait of place".

He uncovers the rich past of an island that served as a Viking burial ground and the subject of naturalist Frank Fraser Darling's 1940 book, Island Years, and was a centre for herring fishing.

"I felt in a privileged position; neither outsider, nor truly local resident," Percival said, "engaged in the community in a way, but still able to access a degree of objectivity."

A man jumps off the harbour while next to a ram Image copyright Kevin Percival
Rocks and stones by the sea Image copyright Kevin Percival
A basket weaver poses for a portrait Image copyright Kevin Percival

Percival used black-and-white film because he found that the lack of colour better emphasised the traces of the landscape.

"I also love using film because it slows me down," he said. "It makes me really look at a scene and work through different compositions in my head."

A portrait of a man in overalls Image copyright Kevin Percival
Landscape of the island Image copyright Kevin Percival

Photographs by Kevin Percival will be on display at the Rhue Gallery, Ullapool, until 24 August. You can find out more about the project here.