11 January 2021

The Most Remote Inhabited Island in the United Kingdom

11 January 2021 - Selected by PHmuseum

Travelling to Fair Isle, the southernmost Shetland Island in Scotland, Giulia Savorelli offers a visual representation of the balanced coexistence that the small permanent population enjoys with their surrounding environment.

These images were all taken on Fair Isle, the UK's most remote inhabited island, as part of an ongoing project documenting daily life in self-sufficient communities.

Fair Isle sits halfway between the Shetland and Orkney Islands, a tiny spec on the map where the North Sea and Atlantic meet in violent tidal clashes. This is the first year the island boasts 24 hour power, completely green energy campaigned for and obtained by its residents.

On the island, it is hard not to marvel at the total dominance of natural elements: their power and indifference humbling. These stark and stunning landscapes contrast with the warmth and welcome of their inhabitants: 55 permanent residents living with a unique environmental consciousness, community strength, and near-spiritual relationship with the sea.

Words and Pictures by Giulia Savorelli.


Giulia Savorelli (1990), London based Italian photographer. With a background in fine arts and painting, her portrait led practice focuses on exploring ideas of community and belonging, exposing connections across cultures, class, gender and social struggles. Her warmth of vision and delicate approach permeate both her personal and commissioned work. Find her on PHmuseum and Instagram.


This feature is part of Story of the Week, a selection of relevant projects from our community handpicked by the PHmuseum curators.

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2021 Mobile Photography Prize

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