Heading to Westray

image: Grobust beach, Westray

I’m heading to Westray this Friday to give an illustrated talk at the Graand Owld Byre. See you there.

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The talk is all about photographers from Orkney or photographers who have made work in Orkney, it’s a timeline of photography here in a way. The talk revolves around the amazing resource that is the photographic archive at Orkney Library & Archive then spins off in various directions as Magnum photographers among others bring their cameras and their island visions with them to Orkney.

I haven’t been to Westray for a wee while so I’m looking forward to the evening and a day out photographing on Saturday. I went to see the puffins at Castle o’Burrain last year and got waylaid by a field on the way. Grass is a theme I’m working on for a future project with poet pal Val.

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When I was there in June last year I was taken with the grasses in and by my friends’ polytunnel at South Hammer….

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I went back in September I photographed their onion seedhead polytunnel pom poms.

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I was thinking of Fay Godwin’s Glassworks series. Godwin is one of the photographers who came to Orkney to make work and she features in the Orkney Photographica talk on Friday.