The Gatekeepers – By Alex Ingram

The Gatekeepers is a work in progress that explores the lives of wardens living in tiny communities on remote islands that surround the UK.


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 island’s natural beauty and wildlife for future generations, whilst conducting research into these incredibly delicate ecosystems. 

– Alex Ingram



“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 ts within our modern world.”


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.




Alex Ingram is a freelance photographer based in London, whose work ‘seamlessly documents the beauty of the world around him’, approaching each creative brief with a fresh perspective and the highest attention to detail. 

Since graduating with a First Class Degree in Photography from Bristol UWE, Alex’s work has been featured in various magazines and exhibitions across the UK, as well as having recently pubished his second book, ‘David’s House’, which explores the lives of the inhabitants of the UK’s smallest city, St Davids. 

Since moving to London, he has proved himself to be a versatile photographer, having worked with numerous clients including the BJP, AirBnB, RNLI, BBC Bristol, Dubarry, VICE, BGP Aerospace, Oxford University, London Metropolitan Police and Magnum Photos for portrait, documentary and editorial commissions.

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