Honoured to see my work included in Salon 2019 at Arti et Amicitiae, the Netherlands' main fine arts society, which I joined a couple of months ago. The photograph included…
Life in the trenches at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological dig is initially confusing but ultimately rewarding. I have been working there as an artist in residence for almost a…
Next summer I will be artist in residence at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological dig, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This wonder of the ancient world covers 2.5 hectares…
I took this photograph in 2009 not knowing that these unique rosettes would be destroyed when ISIS dynamited Palmyra’s Temple of Baal in August 2015. Fortunately, France’s Musée d’Archéologie is one of the institutes involved in the ancient city’s restoration, and this and other of my photographs of the site are now included in its archive.
PS: If a photograph is the ghost of a moment in time, in this case, it is also effectively the afterlife of these items of cultural heritage. (more…)
Fisherman’s hut and nousts at Skibo Geo. Location: Birsay, Mainland, Orkney (Scotland).
Skiba Geo has been in use since Viking times. It is a sheltered beach allowing easy access for landing fishing boats. In the winter, the boats were pulled up to the nousts at the top of the beach for protection. Moreover, the 19th century fisherman’s hut next to the nousts provided a safe space for storing equipment.
Ultimately, the site fell into disrepair through lack of use in the 1960s. However, it was renovated by the pupils, friends and parents of Class Six of Dounby Primary School in 1989
Inside the Broch of Gurness is an elegantly curved staircase dating from somewhere between 500 BC and 100 AD. People lived here and fought off attacks on the remote island of Mainland (Orkney), where the known world mainly comprised Norway to the north and Scotland and England to the south. (more…)
Vital details for the reconstruction of Palmyra are contained in every photo taken before the ancient city’s destruction by ISIS in 2015. For that reason, I’ve contributed a number of photographs to a collection set up by France’s National Museum of Archeology. Very proud to play a small role in the restoration process. This collection is also part of Souvenirs Sites Éternels, an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. (more…)
The Dwarfie Stane is 5,000 years old and located in a lonely valley on the island of Hoy in Orkney. The tiny entrance leads to an inner chamber, which contains a stone structure that looks like a bed. For me, it was a unexpectedly serene experience, and I wish I could have slept there.