The Scottish Analogue Directory

Mhari Law of Island Darkroom in Lewis has set up a Scottish Analogue Directory. Great to see Orkney represented with Tomas Hermoso and Sarah Wylie, there will be others coming in too such as Ingrid Budge. It’s great to have a space where all the analogue camera and darkroom artists can be brought together.

Here’s one of the images I submitted for the directory. It is a combination of processes – a darkroom print of nettles with a photogram of nettles made at the same time on the same sheet of photographic paper.

Another analogue site is the Australian online publication She Shoots Film, forefronting women photographers. I was happy to be in their shortlist late last year for their Open Call on the theme of Hope. I chose the image Grassroots to represent hope.

Another analogue site is the Australian online publication She Shoots Film, forefronting women photographers. I was happy to be in their shortlist late last year for their Open Call on the theme of Hope. I chose the image Grassroots to represent hope.

In other news…Mark Edmond’s book Orcadia is out in paperback on May 19th, it’s a great read. The hardback is a beautiful production from Head of Zeus and came out in 2019. Most of the photographs I made for that publication are digital made when walking with Mark but this little analogue calf from a few years back made it in too.

Surface at Holm Sound

I’ve really enjoyed the Holm Sound transmissions and now I get to be part of the broadcast! Thanks to the team for the invite.

This Friday 7-8:30pm

See booking details on the flyer

From the organisers:

Following the vernal equinox, we begin to surface from the darkness of winter. In our third event, we’ll examine Orkney’s ancient stone carvings, journey into the depths of time along the streets of Stromness, and dive below the surface of the waters around these islands.

We are delighted to introduce you to our line-up of contributors for our event this Friday:— Gemma McGregor, composer and flautist— Antonia Thomas, archaeologist— Rebecca Marr, photographic artist— Alison Moore, jeweller and underwater sea-swimmer.

Once you’ve contacted us to register, we will send you a zoom link. It is free and all are welcome to join. You can interact as much or as little as suits – there’s no pressure to have your video or microphone switched on. Please also share this with anyone who might be interested!

‘Holm Sound’ seeks to become a beacon in our current time of isolation. There is a growing need for connections to be made anew, collaborations and networks that will stand artists in good stead for the coming years ahead.

Initiated by Jonathan Ford, Saoirse Higgins and fellow organisers Fiona Sanderson, Louise Barrington and Frances Scott, our platform will act as an offshoot of ØY Festival, sharing the same ambition and generosity of spirit.

We have all become very much islands, the archipelago is what we aim for.

Image credit: Loch, Papay, 2018 by Frances Scott

‘Holm Sound’ is supported by OIC Culture Fund

Link to Holm Sound facebook here

Westray reeds for Marie Curie

There are two of my photographs in the Highlands Marie Curie art auction. The auction ends on Sunday.

View here.

The photographs are of reeds in Westray. They have been reversed to make the black reflections of the reeds in the water become white, while retaining the reed colour of the winter stalks themselves. I like to work in reversal sometimes with complicated compositions like this to simplify the lines and create a strange otherly feel.

The works are single edition photographs. Framed in brushed aluminium metal frames with off-white mount. Framed size 40x50cm. Starting bid at £120 each.

Imagining an island

I’m delighted to be part of this exhibition with the Walking Lake Orcadie photographs. See the virtual show here.

Imagining an Island is a collaborative project, initiated by Professor John Kippin and Nicola Neate, which has evolved from their ongoing photographic project, In This Day and Age.

Imagining an Island has developed as a Symposium, two accompanying exhibitions and an Open Call exhibition.

The symposium will be virtual and will take place as a live online event on the 25th and 26th September 2020.

The Symposium if free and you can register here.

In association with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, UHI Centre for Rural Creativity, and the Art School at University of the Highlands and Islands, North Uist, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

Riches of the shore

Orkney International Science Festival is online this year and everyone is invited to the shore workshops with myself, Fiona Sanderson, Katherine Diaper and Andrew Want. The event will cover foraging on the shore with some lovely recipes from Fiona; identification of shore creatures; and creating your own pigments from pebbles with Katherine.

I will be sharing some of my fascination with photography and seaweed.

Sunday 06 September 2:00-2:45pm

Click HERE for link

Cove Park Hands On

I was delighted to make a Hands-On children’s activity sheet for Cove Park. The commission was to think about a creative thing that can be done at home using materials and equipment that can be easily found.

The result is ‘Alphabet You’, can you crack the code?

Clink the link below for the activity sheet and to find the other Cove Park Hands-On Activities and films.

Activity Sheet  #1 – Rebecca Marr

Wild Iris

They are just fading now, but the Yellow Flag has added something to recent walks.

Wild Iris / Yellow flag / Yellow Iris Iris pseudacorus

Known in Orkney as Segs.

‘The raw juice of this plant was used to cure toothache. The juice was sucked up the nose.’ – Magnus Spence, Flora Orcadensis 

‘Snuff made from its roots helped relieve colds.’ – Healing Threads, Mary Beith

‘Not so long ago, children in Orkney made ‘seggy boats’ from the leaves and there was a belief among those that made the boats that chewing the leaf would render one dumb. Remains of Yellow Iris have been found in the middens of Skara Brae (the neolithic site in Orkney)’. – The Orkney Book of Wildflowers, Tim Dean & Anne Bignall

‘Traditionally used in dyeing the rhizomes (with a copper mordant) will give a blue-grey colour and their leaves (with alum) produce a lovely dark green, used in 19thC Harris Tweed’ – Flora Celtica, Milliken & Bridgewater

Photographs above taken at the Gloup in Deerness, Orkney. Below is an earlier photogram from a specimen from Finstown.

Header image: Solarised photograph of Flag Iris sward, North Ronaldsay.