I urge all our readers to have a look at Ian Lawson’s book “From the land comes the cloth .” This is a stunning piece of photographic work. A 300+ page first edition of one of the best collections of landscape images we have seen. And the majority are of the fabulous Isles of Harris and Lewis with a few on the journey there.
Ian Lawson is a lifelong professional fine art photographer from Lancashire. Based on a commission from the Harris Tweed authority he has combined a pictorial story of the people of the western isles and their contribution to Harris Tweed: from shepherds to weavers. The stunning environment of the Hebrides is captured in the best light that a photographer like Ian Lawson knows when and where to find. There is fantastic use of blending images so that tweed provides a subtle backcloth to a landscape.
His website provides plenty of content on the background to the book including a generous online sample and a short film embedded below on the making of the book.
This is high-end publishing that shows how a book can be a work of art. It may seem expensive at £125 but when you add up the work that has gone into it suddenly it seems a bargain. One print may cost that alone and this book gives you hundreds.
However, if you only want to spend under £3 for a book on the Hebrides you can always look at our eBOOK on Harris. We are heading there this weekend and no doubt we will return with some tweed and this book and many more images of this stunning part of the world. Thanks Ian for an inspirational piece of work.
- Islands on the edge (photographicviewscotland.wordpress.com)