In 1994 Clive made his first trip to the Scottish Island of Islay as part of a film crew shooting a documentary about sailing and whisky – two things that he found that are best left well apart. His long history and strong connection with the Island and its people lead him to develop the idea for a deeply personal project, revolving around the Islanders themselves, the Ileachs. During this talk, Clive will share his experiences of capturing the day to day lives of these island people, through the medium of photography, and show how print has added value to this project and his business. This will include his close association with Islay Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI). The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Its volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 24 people every day. To illustrate the volunteer aspect of the organisation Clive has produced a series of comparative portraits of the Islay RNLI crew, both in their crew kit and in their everyday lives. He has also spent a great deal of time at sea, photographing both the crew and the Severn Class Lifeboat on Exercise, including an historic final shoot with Islay RNLI and the Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter ‘Rescue 177’.
Hosted by Roland Biemans, LMNS