LA’AL BOTHY Small but perfectly formed, La’al Bothy, on the Isle of Harris will be available to rent as self-catering holiday accommodation in time for the summer months. The compact residence has been designed and built by Alan and Ellen McDougall, next to their house in Scarista, on the west coast of Harris. The building was originally intended to serve duty as a garage and storage space. Plans changed and it’s now nearing the end of its transformation into a […]
JIMMY BULLAR’S TEA HUT This strange contraption is living out the remainder of its days in the middle of a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. I stumbled across it (almost literally), in February 2011 during a full moon night photography trek to the shielings of Cuishader. When bad weather cut my outing short, depriving me of a decent shot of this weird vehicle, I knew I’d have to return to complete unfinished business. In the meantime I dug […]
SCALPAY: LAND OF THE FREE TAKEOVER In honour of the recent community take over of the island, I’ve dug out a few photos I shot in Scalpay last year. In November 2012, the residents of Scalpay voted to take over the running of their island. The then owner, English businessman Fred Taylor, had offered inhabitants the island for free. When put to the vote, 197 voted for the takeover, eight against. The island’s population is around 300. In 1997 a […]
YES AND SNOW! Yes Scotland, the campaign group for an independent Scotland contacted me in November 2012, enquiring if I had a night photo suitable for their official Christmas card. Rummaging through my files I found a few images I thought might convey a suitably festive mood i.e. snow! Above is the original version of the one they opted for. After a bit of (spin?) doctoring, which consisted of adding the ‘Yes’ campaign logo subtly written in the stars and […]
Sharing info posted on the Dutch blog ‘Kettingzaag‘ [Chainsaw]. In the midst of all the Dutch lingo, I spied a couple of name checks. Curiosity getting the better of me, I ran the page through an online translator. No doubt some of the subtleties and nuances of the original post have been mangled in translation but it looks good to me: ‘Buzzcocks’ become the ‘Zoom Dicks’ and yours truly discovers he’s not a ‘Pop Idiot’, despite a recent temporary infraction. My CV has been updated accordingly
Light painting and night photography specialist Troy Paiva (AKA Lost America) has finally written a “How To” book. It explains in full detail his easy to learn techniques for creating elaborate studio-style lighting effects with a few simple flashlights and a single, pocket-sized strobe. The book demystifies LP/NP, so even a novice can create amazing images.
Niall Iain Macdonald contacted me the other day, asking if I’d consider contributing one of my prints as a raffle prize for an event being held later this month in aid of the forthcoming North Atlantic Row and his chosen charity, SAMH. ‘No problem’, I said. Niall called down to Leverburgh today to collect his boat (now christened ‘The Fox’). I ventured down to the pier, camera in hand and rattled off a few snaps while he was loading it on to its custom built trailer.