Off-grid Scotland: Ken Smith

Ken Smith, known locally as 'The Hermit of the Loch’ has lived alone in his isolated log cabin since 1984.  With no phone coverage, roads or people close by, his way of life has become increasingly difficult in recent times. In 2019 Ken suffered a stroke and used his GPS transmitter to signal for help. Mountain rescue helicoptered in and airlifted him to the hospital where he recovered for several weeks. I have used a combination of photographs and his hand-written notes to tell the story of this aging 74-year-old hermit.

The still-image story featured in my four-part picture essay on The Guardian on 25th June 2020.

Splendid isolation: in search of Scotland's hermits

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