I really enjoyed the exhibition Adventures in Space at The Lighthouse. They were kind enough to give me a list of the books and films that got a mention. Beginning in 1818 with Frankenstein and ending 200 years later with the next Alien movie.
The exhibition in Gallery Two was a really heartwarming instance of art changing the world.
The photographer John Maher writes, “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.”
John initially photographed in the dead of night, under the light of a full moon, and many of his night photographs involve lighting the interiors of old buildings, vehicles and boats scattered around the Hebridean landscape. In several instances he would return during daylight hours to shoot the interiors of abandoned croft houses he’d visited the night before. This was the beginning of a new way of photographing the islands, which ultimately led to the Nobody’s Home project.
As a direct result of seeing John’s images of abandoned croft houses, the Western Isles’ housing body, Tighean Innse Gall, in conjunction with the Carnegie Trust, have set in motion a plan to renovate some of the derelict properties. Perhaps abandoned crofts can become family homes once more.