Located on the west coast of Scotland, Eigg is a small island in the Inner Hebrides whose inhabitants made themselves famous 23 years ago by launching a little municipality: buy back their island to develop a model of citizen self-management with full respect for their environment.
In 2008, they achieved a world first by developing their own network of energy production.
Today, young people are coming back to live there and the community is growing, opening up to those who wish to settle along the only road on the island and get involved in local life and the citizen consultation that guides their life in society. There is a brewery, tourist facilities, basketry, music festivals, artists residences, an organic caterer … many initiatives carried by the islanders who together celebrate more than 20 years of self-management.
Through this documentary, Charles Delcourt raises a major issue in environmental discourse: the ability to project oneself into another future, to tell about these possible alternatives and to reinvent together the world of tomorrow.
Independent photographer since 2006, Charles Delcourt travels the world with a positive and united outlook. He describes communities with kindness, finding poetry in the history of places and people.
We find in his images a keen sense of composition, a precise spatialization of beings and things, reminiscent of his training as a landscape architect.
His images are regularly published in the press (Le Monde, GEO, 6 Mois, Courrier International, Fisheye…). The Isle of Eigg series won the Fisheye / Festival de La Gacilly award in 2019.
Charles Delcourt produced this series with a Hasselblad film camera. This Swedish brand, which notably made the model chosen by NASA to capture the first images of the Moon by Neil Armstrong, is known for its top-view models, producing square format images. It is this type of iconic device that Charles Delcourt uses.
Charles Delcourt : Isle of Eigg
September 12 – November 8, 2020
4 place d’Austerlitz