Alice and Sarah from Glen Lyon. © Mat Hay

A Heather Burn

Mat Hay

 2014-2021 — Scotland

About this series

Created in part to resolve a missing connection between the photographer and his home country, A Heather Burn represents a seven-year exploration of the rural communities and altered landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Revealing the imperfections and reality of the present, it shows life on the cusp of isolation, and the bonds between the people, their animals, and this rugged environment.

Polly Tunnel Flags. © Mat Hay
© Mat Hay
© Mat Hay
Jamie Beat, keeper from Ullapool. © Mat Hay
Hydro block. © Mat Hay
Kathy, veterinary clinical pathologist and shepherdess from Oklahoma. © Mat Hay
Chair lift. © Mat Hay
Red shooting hut. © Mat Hay
Simon, builder crofter from Achiltibuie. © Mat Hay
© Mat Hay

Photographer: Mat Hay
Nationality: Scottish
Based in: London, UK
Instagram: @mathayphoto

Mat Hay is a Scottish commercial and documentary photographer working between London and Edinburgh. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2013 with a BA(Hons) 1st in Photography and Film, Hay moved to London and began developing his practice while working for a number of high- profile photographic artists and global brands. Since then he has been selected for several national and international exhibitions, awards, residencies, and books. Including within the last year; The Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition, the Portrait of Humanity, and the Portrait of Britain.