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This extraordinary image shows an abandoned crofters' cottage on an unnamed island in the Outer Hebrides with the sea behind it

Eerie photos capture decay of remote Scottish island homes

This extraordinary image shows an abandoned crofters' cottage on an unnamed island in the Outer Hebrides with the sea behind it.

Blue Chair LastPhotographer John Maher, once the drummer with punk bank Buzzcocks, travelled to the Outer Hebrides to photograph abandoned crofters’ cottages – many of which, like this one, have seemingly been untouched since. The Nobody’s Home exhibition runs at The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, until 31 August. All photographs: John Maher

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

TV SetMaher says: ‘What started out as a personal project – documenting…

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

LEAVING HOME | photography exhibition » John Maher

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

The houses are often left to lie as they are by families after the death of the owners as a memorial to their loved ones

Eerie photos capture decay of remote Scottish island homes

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures A six-minute exposure under the light of a full moon – unimpeded by any street lights or other light pollution

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

What a Buzzcock did next: Drummer John Maher’s stunning photographs of abandoned homes

Nobody’s Home

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

What a Buzzcock did next: Drummer John Maher’s stunning photographs of abandoned homes

Green RoomA sheep skeleton lies in the corner of a kitchen, surrounded by 12-inch records. The roof has since collapsed, burying everything inside

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

The Dog, the Cat and the Bird‘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 the future’

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides

Peat FireTaken in March 2013 on the east coast of Harris. The fire is from muir-burning, when farmers burn off grasses and heather to improve grazing for their sheep

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Rust in Peace

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Green RoomA sheep skeleton lies in the corner of a kitchen, surrounded by 12-inch records. The roof has since collapsed, burying everything inside

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

Tin and StoneTaken the same night; the muir-burning can just be seen on the horizon

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

The exterior of the MacKinnon's home on the Isle of Harris - like many it had a corrugated iron casing to protect it from the harsh weather

Parallel Lines

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

Parallel Lines ‘One of the first houses I entered, discovering many personal items had been left behind by the former occupants,’ says Maher. ‘I was also surprised to see the brightly coloured interior. A stark contrast to the often drab exteriors’

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher photographs abandoned crofts in the Outer Hebrides – complete with sheep skeletons, tin walls and Technicolor interiors

The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures

A NEW photographic exhibition offers a unique insight into a number of abandoned crofts on the Outer Hebrides.


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