Sunshine! When Monique asked for styling advice for our artist portfolio shoot, I was in love with this amazing Rolling Stones and Flannel Top combo! Especially against the green of that forest! How amazing does she look?!
Catching a boat from Orkney to Hoy the trip had gotten more and more adventurous by the day. Only a few days prior my plans were dampened (pun intended ☺️) by Storm Ophelia.. and now I was a couple of islands away from the Scottish mainland! And what an awesome place Hoy is. I first heard of Hoy a decade or so ago. I think I saw a picture of famous old school mountaineer Chris Bonnington ascending The Old Man (?). Setting foot on Hoy myself it felt exciting in its isolated way. Only 400 people live on the island. There’s no trespassing laws and there’s a shitload of obscure, esoteric, historic and interesting things to discover. The first of these things (in slideshow order —>) was an abandoned house, or perhaps a lodging house for soldiers. Further along the same road an imposing building looms above called Wee Fea, an old Naval building now gutted and dark, exploring the building we came across numerous animal skeletons, some placed deliberately to pinch your nerves - skulls resting on tables in the middle of pitch black rooms... wandering around my torch flickered on/off like in a classic horror movie. I crept around with heightened awareness, wide eyes and quiet breath. I loved it. Ten more minutes down the road and there’s a 3000 year old block of rock that was carved into a tomb. This might seem uninteresting but I defy anyone to carve a bloody tomb into a giant rock with 3000 year old tools!! Parking the car and hiking for an hour eventually led to The Old Man of Hoy itself. Stoic and magnificent it’s sat for eternity on the west coast of the island. Committing and imposing my assumption that one day I’d ‘give it a go’ were suspended when I stood facing it. Although it looks climbable with good protection it’s just so sheer and bulgy, like you’d be hugging a giant barrel to get up it. Anyway...8 modes of transport later I was back in London. End of a great trip.
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