Eric was one of the last inhabitants, I had the pleasure of meeting whilst on Foula. He loved to talk deep into the evening discussing all things nautical, of which his wealth of knowledge was admirable.
From the 1960’s to around 2007 he recorded every passing vessel he spotted from his croft house. This was through the use of his fathers old telescope and documented with a short description and watercolour of the boat. These were compiled in sketchbooks and remain stacked up on one side of his living room. Many vessels that caught his eye would be hand made into wooden model versions like above, a Norwegian fishing boat.
i’m gonna make wooden models of the crazies outside my window
I’ve been very quiet as of late, of which I’m sorry for. However, there is good reason, I’ve been picture making. Above is a initial scan from my latest series; Ultima Thule - Pictures from the Edge of the World. At the start of March I spent a period of time living on one of the smallest inhabited Islands in the UK - Foula, lying 20 miles of the coast of mainland Shetland. I’m Currently in the processing stage and so all will be revealed in due course, however for now, heres a portrait of Willy on his Croft.