Faclan Book Festival 2014

By John MacLean, 03/11/14:

 

At the end of October I photographed the four-day Faclan Book Festival at An Lanntair, Stornoway. This event has run annually since 2006, and since 2011 in its current Halloween slot.

The theme this year was “The Past is a Foreign Country” and included the launch of Ian Stephen’s first novel A Book of Death and Fish, an account of Dolina MacLennan’s early years, friendships and influences in her book An Island Girl’s Journey, and Robert MacFarlane in conversation with Finlay MacLeod about his multi-award winning book The Old Ways.

The festival opened with Peter Urpeth playing a live piano accompaniment to Theodore Dreyer’s classic 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and closed with a Club Night collaboration between piper/singer/songwriter Iain Morrison and New Delhi based audio-visual club act B.L.O.T.
 

 

Heb Magazine

By John MacLean, 18/05/14

 

Events - Heb Magazine

 

One of the photographs I took during a cruise on ‘Elinca’ to St Kilda last summer has been used on the cover of the 2014-15 Heb and Skye Magazine, with a short feature on the trip inside.
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Corporate portraiture

By John MacLean, 14/05/14:

 

Bookings are now being taken for professional portraits for business use: high quality corporate and PR portraits and headshots are now being used very effectively in many printed and online information sources, from annual reports and press/PR outlets to social and business networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

John MacLean Photography can provide you with the photos you need to present a professional and friendly image to clients. Photographs can be matched to the style of an existing set of images, or a completely new approach can be taken: it’s up to you.  Contact JMP.

 

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Lewis and Harris top island destination

By John MacLean, 19/02/2014:

 

Beating locations in Greece, Chile, Madagascar and Thailand, the Isle of Lewis and Harris has been voted the #1 island to visit in Europe and #5 in the world by users of the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor:
 

      A visit to Lewis and Harris is like stepping into the pages of a Scottish fairy tale. In Lewis—the northern part of the island—the legendary Callanish Standing Stones poke up from the ground like a strange and massive rock city. The Blackhouse, the Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln, and the Carloway Broch all offer a peek at what island life used to look like. In southern Harris, the east side beaches boast some of the oldest known rocks in the world, dating back millions of years. Cruise over to the volcanic islands of St. Kilda to explore the ruins of a medieval village.
TripAdvisor

 

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St Clement’s Church, Rodel, Harris

By John MacLean, 24/02/14

 

Last week I paid a visit to St Clement’s church in Rodel, south Harris, spending two hours in very clement weather 😉 taking exterior and interior photographs of this striking building (sometimes referred to in Gaelic as ‘Eaglais Roghadail’ or ‘Tur Chliamainn’).

The church, built from local Lewisian gneiss for the chiefs of the MacLeods of Harris, is in a spectacular location looking out to the south-west over the Sound of Harris towards the Uists.

 

       St Clement’s is considered to be one of the most outstanding church buildings in the Hebrides, the earliest section dating from the 13th century. The church is remarkable for possessing one of the most ambitious and richly-carved tombs of the period in Scotland, that of Alexander Macleod (known in Gaelic as Alasdair Crotach) said to have been the church’s founder.

By choosing to be buried in Harris, Alexander Macleod was breaking with tradition, as the previous chiefs of his clan had until then been buried in Iona. The tomb is dated 1528 and its high-quality carved mural panels depict biblical stories, a stylised castle, a hunting scene and a Highland galley.

[Source: RCAHMS]

                                         St Clement's, Rodel            St Clement's church, Rodel

 

                                                St Clement's, Rodel                       St Clement's, Rodel, Harris

 

 

Xmas

By John MacLean, 10/12/2013:

 

Upper Coll, Isle of Lewis

 

December’s Loch a Tuath News magazine: the cover photo was taken literally just a few yards from the top of the family croft in Upper Coll, looking towards Coll on a rare day of fairly deep snow three or four winters back.
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Old and new

By John MacLean, 08/12/2013:

 

Sonas: Isobel Ann Martin CD.

 

One of my old black & white portraits from the 1990s has been used on the cover of Isobel Ann Martin’s excellent new CD ‘Sonas’, out now!
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Press photography

By John MacLean, 15/11/13:

 

French newspaper Libération removes all photographs from its 14th November issue to highlight both the value of images and the precarious state of professional press photography.

“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one. It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper.”

 

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Events – St Kilda

By John MacLean, 06/09/13:

 

Events newspaper            Events newspaper

 

There is a 4-page (almost) article in the September ‘Events’ newspaper on my recent trip to St Kilda, accompanied by a selection of landscape photos.
 

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