Midsummer Live at Callanish

By John MacLean, 22/06/13:

 

BBC Callanish Live            BBC Callanish Live

 

Callanish was a gathering place for many tourists and locals last night as BBC 2 Scotland broadcast its Midsummer Live show from the Standing Stones, with presenters Dougie Vipond and Ellie Harrison making the best of having to host a midsummer event during which the sun didn’t even make a hint of an appearance. Despite a good forecast from the previous day, it was heavy grey cloud all the way, turning to rain as the live broadcast entered its final section after 10 o’ clock.
Never mind, everyone seemed to enjoy the event despite the dreich weather…
 

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The Woodlands Centre

By John MacLean, 11/06/13:

 

New large mounted prints (28) have been added to stock at The Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, including collages of scenes from Lewis & Harris and some photos of St Kilda.

Also in the Woodlands (upstairs) are new framed prints of Garry and Tràigh Mhòr beaches, Tolsta; Callanish Stones in snow and Village Bay, St Kilda.

 

 

St. Kilda trip

By John MacLean, 02/06/13:

 

                    St Kilda               St Kilda              St Kilda

 

Just back from an excellent 4-night cruise to St Kilda on the Stornoway yacht ‘Elinca’, stopping at Leverburgh, Harris on the way out and in Loch Shell, Lewis on the way back. The weather, the light and the sea conditions were excellent. It was very much a busman’s holiday as I took with me three cameras, on which I shot well over 2,000 photographs! Just titling and editing these files is going to take some time.

I had wanted to go to ‘Eileanan Hiort’ ever since reading Tom Steel’s book, The Life and Death of St. Kilda way back in the early ’90s: now that I’ve finally got there, I think I’ve got the remote islands travel bug…in any case, I certainly want to revisit St Kilda sooner rather than later.

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Grinneas nan Eilean 2013

By John MacLean, 06/04/13:

 

There is some excellent work in this year’s colourful Grinneas exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, running until the end of May. Grinneas has been a fixture in An Lanntair’s programme since 1987 and showcases the work of artists resident in or from the Western Isles.
 

An Lanntair            An Lanntair

 

An Lanntair            An Lanntair

 

 

Woodlands Centre

By John MacLean, 01/04/13:

 

Some mounted prints have been added to stock at The Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, including large collages of flowers and scenes from Lewis and Harris.

Suggestions for photos to add to stock are always welcome! 🙂

 

 

From the Archives: Germaine Kruip

By John MacLean, 26/03/13:

 

Dutch artist Germaine Kruip included one of my landscape photographs (Cloud shadow near Bunabhainneadar, Harris) in her light piece “The Wavering Skies” (2005). Photograph published in the Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2005/6. The image was flipped right to left for printing, but hey ho 🙂

 

Germaine Kruip               Germaine Kruip

 

 

Yet another lens

By John MacLean, 21/03/13:

 

Another lens bought for the Nikons, this time an extreme wideangle zoom (going out at its widest to 15mm focal length in the old film lens equivalent). This will be good for photographing interiors and adding a dramatic slant to commercial work and wide landscapes.

Best not to think too long about how much this one cost, better to think about the lovely photos it’s going to (have to) produce!

 

 

Upcoming trips

By John MacLean, 05/03/13:

 

As the days lengthen and the light improves after the steady grey of January and most of February, I’ll be making quite a few photo trips as time allows over the next few months, adding updates to my photos of Harris (especially the hills and round the coast), St. Kilda and the Uists/Barra.

I’d also like to photograph again on Eriskay, as my last two visits there didn’t give me enough time to explore the island properly.

 

 

Helen MacAlister at An Lanntair

By John MacLean, 19/11/12

 

Below is a link to the installation photography done on Helen MacAlister’s recent exhibition “At the Foot o’ Yon Excellin’ Brae” at An Lanntair, Stornoway.
(PDF file, 4.4 MB, pages 11-47)

This is (part of) the most complex installation photography job I’ve done to date in An Lanntair, but well worth it in the end!

Installation photography (opens in a new window, or right-click and save)