There have been many photographic exhibitions in
Edinburgh during 2004. The year ends with an exhibition entitled
'Faces of St Kilda', on display in the
front hall of General Register House.
Most of the photographs were taken by the Captain
F W L Thomas, an early photographer who lived beside the Firth of Forth at
Trinity, Edinburgh, when he was not at sea, charting the waters around the
Western Isles of Scotland.
Captain Thomas was a member of the
Photographic Society of Scotland from 1856,
the year the society was founded.
The remote archipelago of St Kilda is a World
Heritage site, with cliffs and sea stacks. It lies about 110 miles
west of mainland north-west Scotland.
After being occupied for thousands of years by
inhabitants who lived off the land and the sea, the population finally
evacuated the island in 1930, leaving it to the seabirds.