Attending the opening of Steve Dilworth’s exhibition, Mortal Remains at An Lanntair on Saturday night I got into a conversation with one of the attendees. We discussed the subject of abandoned Hebridean homes and a shared interest in what these places tell us about islanders’ lives, past and present. The following day I visited the subject of this post – a family home on Lewis, last occupied in the late 1980’s.
The floor had rotted through in places but the living room still had wall to wall carpet, disguising what lay beneath. As a result, some of the furniture was sitting askew:
After a quick look in each of the ground floor rooms, I went upstairs. Two rooms, sat within the steeply pitched roof. One bedroom and the other used for storage. On the floor, a vintage Bell and Howell 8mm film projector. At a guess I’d say it probably dates from the 1950s:
Positioning the camera a little higher for a different view of the same room:
The upstairs bedroom:
Back downstairs, water sits in pools on the kitchen floor lino, constantly topped up by a leaking water pipe. One of the cupboards is still well stocked, despite the fact one of its doors has fallen off:
A quick technical note: I temporarily switched from a wide angle lens to an 85mm prime for a few close-ups. Can’t beat a bit of mono cassette music while doing the dishes:
Back in the living room, spotted this on top of the shelving unit:
Who needs ‘cyclone technology’ when you’ve got one of these?
Looking for clues as to when this house was last inhabited, I spied a copy of Reader’s Digest on the shelf below the can of insect killer. Date of publication: January 1989.
One last pic before leaving… the cool light fitting on the living room ceiling, no doubt inspired by the 1960s fascination with UFOs, the space race and the future: