The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

Fundamentally, Alex’s work is about people. People that he has grown up with, people that he has encountered at different stages of his life, or people that have influenced him and shaped him into the person he is today. The work is about his relationship with these people, the connections they share, and the stories they have to tell. He looks to create narratives that run throughout, connecting the images, the people and the places, and engaging the viewer with the stories he is trying to tell.

The Gatekeepers.

Scattered across the small islands surrounding the UK live lone wardens, spending their lives in quiet solidarity, away from the crowded, overpopulated landscapes of our urban world. Their role: to maintain and manage the preservation of their islands natural beauty and wildlife for future generations, whilst conducting research into these incredibly delicate ecosystems.

With limited access to the mainland during the winter months, no fresh running water, and under constant attack from harsh storms and perilous currents that can see them marooned for weeks at a time, it is not a role many are suited for.

What is it like living so close to the mainland, but yet so far removed from social norms? How do they cope when the currents are too strong to make it back over for fresh food and supplies? What is it like living without the modern day technologies that we take for granted? And how do they adapt and overcome these daily obstacles with limited human contact?

Over the next two years, these are the questions I want to explore. I will be visiting these remote islands and spending time with the wardens that have chosen to spend their lives there, in the hopes of better understanding what life is like living in some of the most beautiful, yet inhospitable landscapes in the UK.

In a world that is changing at a rapid pace, I want to question how this simplistic way of life fits within our modern world.

Work by / Alex Ingram