Highlands & Islands

Photographs by Buzzcocks drummer exhibited in Glasgow

Green Room Image copyright John Maher
Image caption A photograph called Green Room which was taken in North Uist

A former punk musician is exhibiting his photographs documenting abandoned Western Isles croft houses as part of a celebration of Scottish architecture.

John Maher was the drummer in 1970s band Buzzcocks, whose hits included Ever Fallen In Love.

Maher is now a photographer based on Harris and usually takes night-time and long exposure images of decaying manmade objects in the Hebrides.

The exhibition, Nobody's Home, has opened at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

It forms part of Architecture and Design Scotland's Say Hello to Architecture programme.

Image caption John Maher playing drums with the Buzzcocks

Maher was 16 years old when he was recruited as a member of the Buzzcocks. Chart success followed before the band broke up in 1981.

In 2002, he relocated from his home town of Manchester to the Isle of Harris in the Western Isles.

Maher has previously exhibited his photographs at venues in the Highlands and Islands.

Image copyright John Maher
Image caption The photograph Blue Door shows an abandoned croft on Harris

Speaking ahead of the opening of the Lighthouse exhibition, he said: "Taking this exhibition to Glasgow is the realisation of a long-held ambition.

"What started out as a personal project - documenting abandoned croft houses in the Outer Hebrides - has had an unexpected side effect.

"As a result of displaying my photographs, there's now a real possibility of seeing at least one of the properties becoming a family home once again."

He added: "Putting on this exhibition in collaboration with the team at Architecture and Design Scotland means Nobody's Home is about more than pictures on a gallery wall. It shows that looking through a lens to the past can help shape things in the future."

Image copyright John Maher
Image caption Another of Maher's photographs, Bedroom and Chapel

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