Islander to photograph every Scilly resident

April 2, 2017

A St Martins resident is to launch a unique project to photograph every person currently living on the Isles of Scilly. 

​Toby Tobin-Dougan, who previously owned a photographic studio in Brighton and was the preferred printer for the likes of David Bailey and Linda McCartney, wants to create a black and white portrait archive of the islands' inhabitants, currently numbered around 2,400.
 
He said: "I envisage that this not-for-profit project will be a wonderful insight into a moment of time of the lives of the people who inhabit the Isles of Scilly and a fascinating visual and audio recording of a way of life which has adapted and thrived in this beautifully challenging environment.
 
"It also has the possibility to act as a wonderful creative springboard for other photographic and audio projects that could be undertaken in this country."

 
The film will be processed and printed by Toby and young assistants he hopes to train in all photographic processes. The completed project will be displayed in a local exhibition for each island and eventually a national exhibition and book. 
 
He added: "I believe that this proposed photographic archival project, by its intimacy and vast scale of documentation, is without precedent in this country."

Toby, who has lived on Scilly for 25 years and previously wrote The Island Ingredient, has applied for an Arts Council grant to provide for the purchase of materials and equip a darkroom for the project, but the funding also requires a personal independent investment.
 
He has now launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise the additional £7,500 required and hopes that islanders and other interested parties will be willing to make a small investment to help the project happen.
 
The campaign will run until April 29 at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/people-of-scilly

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