of absence and presence

In 1855, Duncan Brown, Janitor for the Glasgow School of Art and pioneering amateur photographer, took a photograph of five men and two boys in a garden . . . … Continue reading of absence and presence

Mapping an obsession

Dr Gavin Francis has called his latest book Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession. Gavin will be talking about this book at Toppings bookshop, a week today [15 October 2020] . … Continue reading Mapping an obsession

‘GOOD SPECTACLES’

I recently had to go for new glasses. The impairment of my long distance vision began in Secondary School. The impairment of my near distance vision [reading distance] began along … Continue reading ‘GOOD SPECTACLES’

The beginning of wisdom

The Kalemouth Suspension Bridge is in the Scottish Borders. It crosses the River Teviot just above its confluence with the Kale Water. The bridge is is one of the earliest … Continue reading The beginning of wisdom

THERE’S MORE

A few images[observations] from the West End of Glasgow, Monday 14th September 2020:

HOME and AWAY

Yesterday I took Big Ted with me yesterday to Glasgow. I was not there for any reason other than to wander and observe. I was exploring the West end area … Continue reading HOME and AWAY

The Observer Magazine

A few images, some with editing, from the Observer Magazine of Sunday 9th August 2020:

BIG TIME [it’s just me]

Filmed at Easter Limekilns, Dava, Scotland, 2nd August 2020. Music credit: Cosmic Love – a live performance by Florence and the Machine. This film is for CAROL FRASER.

an ordinary Degree

I gained two ordinary degrees before becoming a specialist. Sian, my wife, has been a General Practitioner in all the time that we have been together. I am now retired … Continue reading an ordinary Degree

incredible shapes

A passage from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

Omphalos films

My short films can be found here [the  above quote “Shapes, sounds, the energies and acuteness of life,” is from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd]

There was no time

This is  from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd