For over half a century Duncan Macpherson (1882-1966) a pharmacist at Kyle of Lochalsh, created a vast photographic record of Highland life. Born in Aberdeenshire, Macpherson graduated from Edinburgh University as a pharmacist before establishing his own pharmacy near the ferry terminal in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1911. Macpherson's early interest in photography developed into a life-long passion; he consciously set about recording a series of photographs to depict the changing way of life in the Highlands. His unique and valuable collection is little known outside the area, but yet must rank as one of the most significant photographic archives in the country. This book reproduces some of the best images from the collection. Together with an introductory essay and expended captions which explore the background to the photographs, "Where I Belong" is an enticing glimpse into a body of work of enormous aesthetic and historical interest.
Mary Carmichael was brought up in both Tanzania, East Africa, where her father was engaged in Environmental Conservation, botanical survey and collection, and Edinburgh, where she completed her education at Edinburgh University. Between 1996 and 2005 she became Museums and Heritage Officer for Skye and Lochalsh Area, and it was during this time that she became familiar with the Duncan Macpherson photographic and pharmacy collections and met Mary, his daughter. In 1993 she curated a major touring exhibition of his work which opened in Skye and toured to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, Canada in 2003. She lives on the Isle of Skye.