Transitory Islands

Foregrounded over the Forth

An archipelago of transitory islands

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A solitary tree, inhabits the island

 

 

Island of the hidden lagoon

 

 

(Love) Island of the heart

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The ‘Transitory Islands’ pic was a fairly random phone shot from crossing the Forth Rail Bridge by train – a journey undertaken many times. Perhaps this chance encounter pulled something, initially unseen, out of these raindrops:
Serendipitous encounter No. 1: (On twitter @gawanmac asked: “it just me, or is that archipelago humpback-shaped?” A delicious coincidence as a number of humpback whales had been seen in the River Forth that very week). Is that also a gull masquerading as an eye?
Serendipitous encounter No. 2: playing Julian Priester’s Love, Love and drawn to the cover which I hadn’t really looked at closely before. A view reminiscent of the outlook, crossing the Forth Rail Bridge by train, where the gulls are often seen flying below you.  Some disturbance in the water, have we just missed a humpback whale breaching?

Now playing: Julian Priester Pepo Mtoto – Love, Love

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We Can Only Be Onlookers

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The call precedes

the chorus of arrival

A delphian chant

from an ancient score

 

We can only be onlookers

 

Line

of the long

low

swoop

 

Ascending

 

over the Forth

 

Carried

 

on song

 

          – Fading                                                          – – faint

 

– – – far                                                                            – – – – beyond

 

Our horizon

 

We can only be onlookers

 

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Limekilns, 4th February 2018

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Impossible Textures of the Sea / Light Fizzles


On the last day of 2017, the impossible textures of the sea

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A full moon emerges

rises, observes

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Constant flux underfoot, new paths

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Sustaining coastal energies, wind, sea spray

changing colours of the tide

 

 

Cloud and sea  – a mirrored

chiaroscuro dissolving

the lip of land

 

 

Grounded exhalation

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silhouettes of breath

etched on the gloaming

A week earlier – 26.12.2017

 

Bookends of light

fizzle into folds of darkness

 

 

Half a silver lozenge, to pluck from the sky

 

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We leave it to the nightwatch(er)

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Taken from a series of short walks around the West Fife coast during the last week of 2017. Putting this together left an initial conundrum. How did I photograph a full looking moon and half moon less than a week apart?  I posted the question on Twitter and thanks to Portals of London (@portalsoflondon), Jennie Murray (@lithgaelark) and MAW Holmes (@MAW_H) for the clarification. Basically I had taken a cycle at 29.5 days and halved it instead of taken a quarter to move from half to full. (new – half – full – half – new).  However, possibly preferred Paul Kenny’s (@jmarmaduke) answer of alchemy.

Now playing: Ketil Bjørnstad, David Darling, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen – The Sea II

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Strange Gravity

 

light / pool

flood / line

cascade / spill      a

strange gravity

 

Now playing: Catherine Lamb – ‘curvo totalitas’ (2016) from Yarn/Wire Currents 4

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‘In Darkness Let Me Dwell’ – (After Dowland)

 

As if

a breath freezes

into veins of ice

 

A sketch outlined

on the silence

of darkness

 

 

From darkness

an opening          eye

                       I

                               aye

 

 

Listening in:

a language

of limbs

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Out of darkness, (slight return)

a singing ringing tree

 

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Now playing:  John Dowland (played by John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, John Surman, Maya Homburger, Barry Guy) – In Darkness Let Me Dwell.

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This Little Boat

We were delighted to be asked to ‘dazzle’ a vessel to join an ever-expanding fleet of tiny peace boats, sailing throughout the world on people power. This Little Boat is an evolving project conceived and initiated by artist and teacher Kathryn Brown. The original reclaimed peace boat eventually travelled to and returned from nine countries. The fleet began to expand when Kathryn, inspired by the shape of George Wyllie’s famous Paper Boat, began to produce small blank plywood boats on which people could ‘present an idea’. Over 200 boats have now been ‘dazzled’ by contributors from around the globe. This includes local schoolchildren, members of the public, artists such as John Byrne and Celie Byrne and musicians including Bernard Sumner of New Order, Terry Hall and Mute Records.

May the fleet continue to expand and spread a message of peace.

Additions to the fleet and news on how the project develops will be available here.

A big thanks to my 15 yr old, Matt, for painting our boat.

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Now playing: John Abercrombie Quartet – ‘Boat Song’ from M

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Reveal of Unhalfbricking

Now playing: Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking

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