Scotland's Far North

There are some fine images of life in the far north of Scotland from decades past at Thurso Art Gallery currently. The work, by photographers Chick Chalmers, Tom Kidd, and Glyn Satterley, is sensitively hung and the assembled clusters of images are well-balanced overall. It is also good to see some of the prints displayed in the central display case of this exhibition, too (see slide show, below). So often the 'grit' of such work is lost in the pristine framing of it, and the sense that photography is a tactile art simply gets lost. Between the taking of a photograph and its framing for the wall, however, there's a manual, tactile labour that takes place in the darkroom, and it is important to remember that. The show follows hot on the heels of a Grayson Perry/Crafts Council touring exhibition – which could not provide greater contrast with life as it is portrayed here.

Image: © Glyn Satterley. Brought up in Kent, Satterley is best known for his books on ‘Scottish Sporting Estates, and his evocative and sometimes quirky images of landscape and people. ‘Life in Caithness and Sutherland’ preceded this work, and he considers the two years spent commuting from Kent by caravanette as his photographic apprenticeship.

Image: © Glyn Satterley. Brought up in Kent, Satterley is best known for his books on ‘Scottish Sporting Estates, and his evocative and sometimes quirky images of landscape and people. ‘Life in Caithness and Sutherland’ preceded this work, and he considers the two years spent commuting from Kent by caravanette as his photographic apprenticeship.