The Shetland Project
Closer to the Arctic circle than to London and sharing a latitude with Anchorage, Alaska, Shetland is the Scottish archipelago of over 100 islands (only 12 of which are said to be inhabited) that sit to the very north of the United Kingdom. At first glance vast areas of Shetland look uninhabited and untouched by man, but when you look closer the islands begin to reveal themselves. Standing on rock dating back 3000 million years – the current view is of a community of fishermen, farmers and craft makers that welcomes the world to a land thriving on an extensive petrochemical and fishing industry, that is rich with important military history, and is an ideal place to launch satellites into space. Six photographers traveled the islands for six days to reflect on this unique environment, in an attempt to help further our understanding of the archipelago.