Another way of telling

This is a quote by John Berger from ‘Understanding a photograph’. I like to think that Berger would have appreciated my approach to making films.

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

Digamma

This film is about Reverend George Gilfillan of Dundee. His two best friends called him ‘Digamma”. George Gilfillan was born in 1813 and died in 1878. A monument to him … Continue reading Digamma

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’

1998

‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W. G. Sebald was considered by critics to be “one of the most remarkable books of the year”

herring and silk: loss, light

I was very fortunate to have been commissioned by Alexander McCall Smith to make short films of two of the songs from ‘These are our Hands’. One of those films … Continue reading herring and silk: loss, light

apples on the sill of the window

A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.

Quite beyond my reach

Quotes about gates (one of my fascinations) from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The circular Yew hedge

The circular Yew hedge in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The Somerleyton Yew

There is a haunting account of the Somerleyton Yew maze in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

“then outstanding in the Hippocratic science”

W G Sebald begins ‘The Rings of Saturn’  with his search for the Skull of Dr Thomas Browne (1605-1682):