Murdo MacLeod was raised in Siabost (Shawbost) on the Isle of Lewis. From 1980-3 he studied Photography at Napier College Edinburgh. Since 1985 he has worked as a professional newspaper and magazine photographer, for which he has won UK Press Photographer of the Year. MacLeod’s portrait photographs step into the obscure and surreal, with unusual props and fascinating poses. Yet they are always rooted in reality – never quite going beyond the believable. MacLeod also utilises light in an expert way, often dramatically lighting his subjects, which further enhances the theatrical and slightly bizarre quality of his work.