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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Woodlands Centre, Stornoway

By John MacLean, 21/10/11:

 

New framed photos are on display upstairs at the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway as of today (see below right): large prints of the coastline between Tolsta and Ness (near Diobadail); Upper Coll from the frozen loch on a winter afternoon; plus panoramic prints of Rhenigidale and Loch Maaruig, Harris.
Also several new mounted prints added to the stock downstairs.

 

 

 

 

Buisneachd, An Lanntair, Stornoway

By John MacLean, 05/10/11:

 

Editing lots of images today from Moira MacLean’s exhibition Buisneachd: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Enchantment showing at An Lanntair. Some of my finished photographs can be viewed in the downloadable exhibition catalogue at the link below.

Installation photography
(PDF file, 6.6 MB, pages 9 to 24).

 

Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair            Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair

 

Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair            Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair

 

The exhibition runs up to and into the supernaturally-themed Faclan Hebridean Book Festival at the end of October.

      The Outer Hebrides are saturated in tradition, custom and folklore, drawing on Irish (Gaelic) culture, Scandinavian (Viking) influence and all parts between. An island, a village, a house can be a crucible for beliefs and practices, where culture grows as on a Petri dish.

Moira Maclean is from Lewis and is an MFA graduate from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. She has immersed herself in the past by ‘raiding’ the abandoned croft houses of the Islands to explore issues of dereliction, decay, transience and diaspora, notably from a female, domestic perspective.

‘Buisneachd’ focuses and assembles these ideas. It is about the home, the hearth, the earth and the ether. Rescued domestic detritus, mirrors, bibles, maternal paraphernalia, accretions of wallpaper and images of abandoned spaces insinuate unseen forces and malign influences.