My portfolio is intentionally presented in diptych style thumbnails to emphasise the narrative of this panel. Each left hand image represents the dark and sublime aesthetic in my landscape work on the Road to Elgol and the second image offers a counterpoint or juxtaposition by focusing on the exploitation of the Isle of Skye through mass tourism. The format I have chosen is intended to surprise and challenge the viewer through portraying these different and sometimes conflicting aspects of this beautiful Island.
Mass tourism and the issues it creates for vulnerable locations is becoming an important public policy issue. Over the last two years the reduction in the valuation of sterling has both attracted foreign tourism and also been an incentive for UK residents to stay at home and enjoy the British countryside. This brings wealth and prosperity to the locations concerned and increased tax revenues for the Exchequer. However, the flow back of the required infrastructure spending from Government is well behind the curve and hence the pressures mount. Skye as the second most important destination in Scotland after Edinburgh has been particularly hard hit and its popularity as the location of popular television dramas has served to exacerbate the problem.