Karen Lois Whiteread
'Lost For Words' Durness 2006
Artist in residence at the Digital Studio, Arts Cafe Durness
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I arrived in Durness already inspired by the landscape and community of the area.  Working with the young people I was able to transform the digital studio into a darkroom and use everyday objects, such as cans and matchboxes, to make pinhole cameras.  I also documented the current Mackay families who live in the area, producing an archive of photogrophic portraits.

I also worked with the young people of the area making a short film 'Lost For Words' that reflected their lives within this unique environment.  This was shown as a projection onto the historic Balnakeil House, traditional seat of the Mackay clan, as part of a public event that attracted a large audience from the surrounding area.