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Portrait of Stromness
WORK OF THE WEEK:
Keith Allardyce,
selected image from
Sea Haven
 archive, 1991

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Keith Allardyce, selected image from Sea Haven photographic archive, 1991 © the artist ‘Stromness has been fortunate to have had so many good photographers. And the photographers must, from the earliest days of the art, have delighted to come suddenly on this little town with its long narrow winding up-and-down street, and closes climbing up the side of Brinkie’s Brae, or stepping down to salt-and-tar-piers.’ George Mackay Brown (Foreword, from Sea Haven) In 1989 photographer Keith Allardyce spent a year in Stromness producing a photographic archive which aimed to show both the social and commercial aspects of ‘present-day’ Stromness. The project became known as Sea Haven, and as a body of work the images help to link the past with the present – nurturing a specific rhythm of life, and harnessing the community spirit which is so intrinsic to Stromness.  We are currently showing a selection of Sea Haven images as part of a Portrait of Stromness, which offers a unique viewpoint of the town. Notions of people and place can be traced through the photographs, helping to instil a sense of spirited energy and provide a platform for reflection and story-telling.   

Keith Allardyce, selected image from Sea Haven photographic archive, 1991 © the artist

‘Stromness has been fortunate to have had so many good photographers. And the photographers must, from the earliest days of the art, have delighted to come suddenly on this little town with its long narrow winding up-and-down street, and closes climbing up the side of Brinkie’s Brae, or stepping down to salt-and-tar-piers.’
George Mackay Brown (Foreword, from Sea Haven)

In 1989 photographer Keith Allardyce spent a year in Stromness producing a photographic archive which aimed to show both the social and commercial aspects of ‘present-day’ Stromness. The project became known as Sea Haven, and as a body of work the images help to link the past with the present – nurturing a specific rhythm of life, and harnessing the community spirit which is so intrinsic to Stromness. 
We are currently showing a selection of Sea Haven images as part of a Portrait of Stromness, which offers a unique viewpoint of the town. Notions of people and place can be traced through the photographs, helping to instil a sense of spirited energy and provide a platform for reflection and story-telling.