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)

 

 

Breanish Tweed

By John MacLean, 18/11/12

 

Breanish Tweed.

 

A spread of photos published in The Field Magazine, October 2012. Proprietor Iain F. MacLeod weaving on the traditional Hattersley loom at Breanish Tweed, Ness, Isle of Lewis.
 

 

Steve Dilworth

By John MacLean, 05/11/12

 

A review of ‘Mortal Remains’, Steve Dilworth’s exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, until 17th November.

 

 

We Have Won The Land

By John MacLean, 15/09/2012:

 

A few photos from Rural Nations’ production of their play on land ownership and community buyouts We Have Won The Land, which toured the Highlands & Islands, with a couple of stops in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Excellent acting, a sharp, witty script and a thoughtful live musical accompaniment combine to make this a production well worth seeing!
 

Actors Daibhidh Walker and Ruth Tapp          Ruth Tapp          Ruth Tapp, Hazel Darwin-Edward and Daibhidh Walker

 

Cameron Mowat, Ruth Tapp, Hazel Darwin-Edward and Daibhidh Walker          Actor Daibhidh Walker in the storm           Composer and musician Hector MacInnes

 

 

Gwen Hardie – Boundaries

By John MacLean, 04/08/2012:

 

Here’s a link to a short video I made of Scottish artist Gwen Hardie’s exhibition “Boundaries” at An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in August, 2012.
 

      Gwen Hardie’s work engages with figuration and the act of perception. She first gained attention with her large scale tightly cropped portraits of women. Her magnifications of skin lit by natural light resemble light effects in the landscape and micro/macro views of cells/earth. Observing from life, she employs aspects of classical painting and color theory to render a lifelike presence. Intimate and monumental, the body-image shifts back and forth perceptually between an atmospheric illusion and a thing of gravity, real and tangible.

 

More info on Gwen and her work can be found here.
 

 

New prints at Callanish.

By John MacLean, 31/05/12:

 

Some new mounted prints, mainly of the three central standing stone sites, have been added to the stock at Calanais Visitor Centre. More to come soon!

 

 

 

 

Database photos

By John MacLean, 19/04/12:

 

New photos have been added to the database, including images from the Uists, Eriskay & Barra. A visit to the huge chambered cairn at Barpa Langass, North Uist was the archaeological highlight of my recent trip to the Uists and Barra.

Beyond this and other celebrated sites such as the standing stones at Calanais and the broch at Dun Carloway, the Outer Hebrides is rich in history and archaeology: there are hundreds of lesser known sites dotted around the landscape which give us a glimpse back into the early history of the islands.

Among the photographic projects planned for the near future are recording in high resolution some of the many sites of archaeological and historical interest in the Western Isles, including standing stones, chambered cairns, brochs, etc.

 

 

 

 

Duilleag Beatha

By John MacLean, 04/03/12:

 

A new collection of Gaelic poems and songs by Lewisman Uilleam Aonghas MacMhathain (William Angus Matheson) was launched in Stornoway Library on 2nd March.

Born in Airigh a’ Bhruaich (at which village the book cover image was taken), Uilleam now lives in Point, Isle of Lewis.

This, his first published collection of poems and songs, is also available in electronic format from Amazon, for use with the Kindle eReader.

 

Uilleam Aonghas MacMhathain             Maoilios Caimbeul agus Uilleam Aonghas MacMhathain

 

       William Angus Matheson has won many awards at The Royal National Mod for his poetry and songs, and his songs have been recorded by Gaelic singers including Fiona J MacKenzie and Paul MacCallum.

‘Duilleag Beatha’ is a highly accessible and readable book that features bardachd and songs in traditional Gaelic style on subjects including love, longing, war, spirituality and humour.

Peter Urpeth, who manages the Clò Fuigheagan imprint on behalf of HI~Arts, said:

‘Duilleag Beatha’ is the long-overdue first collection of poems and songs by William Angus Matheson. It is a collection that has direct appeal to all Gaelic readers and those who love the language and culture of the Gael. The poems are accessible, memorable and written with a love of the Gaelic language that is palpable.

 

 

 

 

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