Head Line Speaker - Clive Booth

Documenting Life on a Scottish Island

Friday 29th May 2020 - 7pm



In 1994 Clive made his first trip to the Scottish Island of Islay as part of a film crew shooting a documentary about sailing and whisky – two things that he found that are best left well apart. His long history and strong connection with the Island and its people lead him to develop the idea for a deeply personal project, revolving around the Islanders themselves, the Ileachs (e-lacs). During this talk, Clive will share his experiences of capturing the day to day lives of these island people, through the medium of photography. Including his close association with Islay Royal National Lifeboat institution (RNLI)

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Its volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 24 people every day. To illustrate the volunteer aspect of the organisation Clive has produced a series of comparative portraits of the Islay RNLI crew, both in their crew kit and in their everyday lives. He has also spent a great deal of time at sea, photographing both the crew and the Severn Class Lifeboat on Exercise, including an historic final shoot with Islay RNLI and the Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter ‘Rescue 177’.


After a twenty year career as a graphic designer, working with clients including Toyota, British Airways, Adidas, Waitrose and Boots PLC, Clive Booth decided to follow his life long ambition of becoming a photographer and filmmaker.

He is best known for his distinctive style of selective focus in available, continuous and found light, giving his work an atmospheric, intimate and at times ethereal quality. He is also known for his experimentation with and early adoption of new technologies and techniques.

Booth’s association with the still and moving image first started in the early nineties shooting films in extreme locations for TV including a two month expedition to Spitsbergen in the high Arctic, several Scottish and European filming trips followed including climbing and filming on the Eiger, Switzerland for Blue Peter in 1991 earning him a prestigious Blue Peter badge.

Recent commissions include ad campaigns, commercials and short films for House of Holland, George Michael, Canon Europe, Asus, Intel, House of Amouage, H&M, Ernst & Young, Fiat, Shu Uemura and L’Oreal. His clients include Aston Martin, Hackett London, Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon, Silhouette Eyewear and MAC Cosmetics.

Clive is a member of the Canon Ambassador Programme, the Adobe Influencer Programme and a contributor to Nick Knight’s online fashion and art project SHOWstudio.com.

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