Captain Phillips

A friend from Australia, aware of my interest in Johnston Shearer, the pioneer Scottish Photographer, recently sent me this photograph of Captain Phillips as taken in 1870 at 242 Union … Continue reading Captain Phillips

Light and his life had become inseparable

This film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Brian May and Professor Roger Taylor on the 15 August 2018. The host was Grant Stott. Taylor and May have … Continue reading Light and his life had become inseparable

Brian May and George Washington Wilson

In August 2018, Brian May, Queen Guitarist will launch a book in Aberdeen on the pioneering landscape photographer George Washington Wilson. I have had a long fascination with Scotland’s pioneering … Continue reading Brian May and George Washington Wilson

A selection of a selection of a selection

I am very much looking forward to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. I am going to try and book for the following:

Theft of Photographs

My grandfather, Henry Gordon (1902-1961) died 6 years before I was born. I recently discovered that my grandfather had a namesake who was a pioneer photographer in Aberdeen. This is … Continue reading Theft of Photographs

Sapere Aude

The author Adam Nicolson in “Sea Room”: The poet and doctor William Carlos Williams talked of an adventure: Mukul Kesavan in “Looking through glass” Captain Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited about … Continue reading Sapere Aude