Winter shows

Last night the Pier Arts Centre Christmas Open Exhibition opened. I’m showing two photographs of my favourite boat ‘Merlin II’.

Every year the Merlin II is in dry dock for painting and maintenance on the warehouse pier. At night propped up on her cradle and lit by the pier lights she looks like an exhibit. In this image I was thinking about how the colour temperature of the pier lights alters the well known palette of the boat, so I decided to invert the colours and create a ‘negative’ image, a blue print of her.

This one of the buoys on the Merlin II is a double exposure made in camera.

And in the Waterfront Gallery, Stromness, there are two of my small photograms of flat leaved parsley. Something savoury for the Winter Feast Exhibition.

The Pier Arts Centre Annual Open exhibition runs to 24 Dec and The Waterfront Gallery Winter Feast runs to mid February 2020.

Exhibition Room Christmas Collection

I’m one of the artists exhibiting at the Exhibition Room in Kirkwall for the Old Library Christmas Collection Show. The opening is tomorrow Thursday 21 Dec at 7pm. The show runs to 18 January 2020.

The work I have submitted includes two photographs of reeds taken in Westray and two of water plants at Harray Loch.


The Orcadian archipelago is a museum of archaeological wonders. Orcadia, the new book by Prof. Mark Edmonds is a wonderful tour of that museum. And I was fortunate enough to join Mark on the journey over the course of 18 months making photographs of the remarkable sites.

The Orcadian archipelago is a museum of archaeological wonders

Its largest island, Mainland, is home to some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, the most famous of which are the passage grave of Maeshowe, the megaliths of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the village of Skara Brae – evidence of a dynamic society with connections binding Orkney to Ireland, to southern Britain and to the western margins of continental Europe.

Despite 150 years of archaeological investigation, however, there is much that we do not know about the societies that created these sites. What historical background did they emerge from? What social and political interests did their monuments serve? And what was the nature of the links between Neolithic societies in Orkney and elsehwere?

Following a broadly chronological narrative, and highlighting different lines of evidence as they unfold, Mark Edmonds traces the development of the Orcadian Neolithic from its beginnings in the early fourth millennium BC through to the end of the period nearly two thousand years later. Juxtaposing an engaging and accessible narrative with beautifully evocative photographs of Orkney and its monuments, he uses artefacts, architecture and the wider landscape to recreate the lives of Neolithic communities across the region.

[From the publisher’s website: more here]
The book is out now (Stromness Books & Prints, downstairs from me) or a bookshop near you! And it is also available as an audio book, but you’ll have to imagine the photographs. More books by Mark Edmonds here.