Occasional Ramblings with a Camera

This blog is my occasional ramblings on here, there and about, with and very occasionally without a camera. Photography, art, landscape (principally Scottish), heritage and wildlife are the things that interest me the most, so thats what I'll be writing about and of course showing pictures of. They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words, well I'm not so sure about that but if it is then great as it will save me a heap of typing, all power to the image.

Folds unfolding


fold Coire Shith © George LoganI've just updated my Folds gallery with some fresh images, that are more uniform in tonality which is probably what I will go with for final printed images. Ive many more that I could add.
This project which has taken me on an interesting journey, illuminating in many ways, also mystifying in that so much is unknown and that I still have much to discover and intriguing in their position within the social structures of their time in active use.  I'm fascinated by these so rudimentary structures, that took sweat and blood to construct, and also how they functioned, to which I have my own theories. I'm rather amazed and disappointed in almost equal measure on how they are largely dismissed and under studied. I've easily discovered many that have not been recorded in any way. Of course they are not uncommon but they are very much part of our heritage and emblematic of a way of life now gone but certainly not forgotten by me.

The Folds or rather Folds & Porticos has for me become a much larger and broader ongoing project, of which Beanie ~ Venice is also a part. I'm hoping to extend the project later this year, so further visits to shieling grounds and targeting lone folds. Watch this space as they say.

The new Folds Gallery can be found HERE or click on the image.

Orchards of the Carse of Gowrie


from the series 'Orchards' © George Logan

I've updated the selection in the Orchards of the Carse of Gowrie gallery. There is now a more consistant tonality that I'm happy with and how I originally percieved the work. Slow progress is being made to edit down to what is a sizeable body of work. I'm also looking into finding a publisher that would be interested.

BookMarket at the Stills Gallery


The weekend was spent showing our (with Chris Partridge) work at the BookMarket event in the Stills Gallery, Edinburgh. It was really interesting and worthwhile if somewhat tiring, complete collapse when finally home on Sunday evening.

There was some incredibly interesting and creative work being shown, with lots of ideas to follow through. The Fruitmarket was the main venue and they had more graphical form and text based work, as opposed to Stills photo image based. 

One of the books at the Fruitmarket Gallery that has stuck in my mind, with several just below the surface, was called 'Do Not Touch', a curious book of uninspiring grey images (pavement or concrete wall ??) repeated with the words 'Do Not Touch' across. I honestly couldn't figure what it was about, given the short time looking at it but somehow it has lodged itself in my mind, many other books of interest there also. At Stills, again some amazing work, lots of self published books. Two stands that I'll mention and link are; Gordian & Projects and Pupilsphere. Both young publishing enterprises that are forging a way forward, with photography and texts in a cost effective book form. Nicely printed, colour and monochrome, also very nicely presented. Could this be the route to see some excellent photography and creative ideas when its not being given the exposure in galleries, or for that matter in publications ? A quick mention also to Jessie Churchill, I purchased her Croi book, nice observational photography. 

Talking of publications, the 'Scottish Society for the History of Photography' had a table with their publication and despite the name contained much in the way of interesting contemporary photography, though rather tediously they tended to be the same old bloody names. A good worthwhile publication so don't wish to knock it too much but after Portfolio magazine of old with its clique of artists I hope Sshop doesn't go the same way.

I did sell a few books and it was good chatting to people, definitely worthwhile. However I came away with a few publications purchased myself :o

Two books


Beanie © George Logan 2018Just two of the books I'll be showing at the Artists BookMarket in Edinburgh on the 17th & 18th of February. We will be at Stills Gallery on Coburn Street, just around the corner from the Fruitmarket Gallery, the other venue.

foresight © George Logan 2018

Stephen Shore


I've just found this really interesting YouTube video of Stephen Shore talking about his work at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Where he has a retrospective exhibition.
Shore very much speaks my language but in a rather more articulate way it has to be said:), especially here when discussing his particular way of looking at, and of seeing (for him) the Montana landscape. For me a Scottish moorland landscape. A landscape largely devoid of elements to help frame or formalise. Though in a way here he is talking about subtle pictorial perspective.
I love his phrase 'resonance of constant attention' and 'seeing with constant attention'.
My Folds images are possibly the closest I've come to this awareness, their subtlety requires for me and I hope the viewer a visual awareness and resonance.

There are several other videos relating to this exhibition that are also worth viewing.

Fruitmarket Gallery - Artists Book Market


I'll be showing some of my 'artist books' with fellow artist Chris Partridge, who will also be showing her excellent and inventive books at the Fruitmarket Gallery, who are working in conjunction with Stills Gallery. Not sure which venue we will be at but going by previous years it will be really interesting regardless. (Update: We will be at Stills both days)
Here is their blurb:
'Sat 17 and Sun 18th. 2018, 11am–6pm
Artists’ BookMarket is The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh’s celebration of artists’ book culture. This year we are partnering with our neighbour Stills Centre for Photography, in an expansion of our annual event.
Each year, we attract more than two thousand collectors and enthusiasts to make this date with artists’ books and artist-led publishing. This year we will have over 50 stalls with work for sale. The accompanying events ensure continuous activity in the spaces and this year events and workshops will be programmed to encourage visitors to move between our two sites over a busy weekend.

This is a page spread from one of the books I'm currently working on; titled 'Orchards - acts of creation'.  Using texts from Boswell and Johnson it focusses on perceptions of culture in the 18th century. Complimented with a few of my Carse of Gowrie Orchards project images.

screengrab orchard book © George Logan

Kinclaven Bluebell Wood zoomable panorama - Four


Another zoomable panorama HERE

This is the form I'll be using, having decided on settings I'm happy with. Showing a good proportion of ground and tree canopy.

kinclaven bluebell wood © George Logan 2018

Kinclaven Bluebell Wood zoomable panorama


I've just added a few Zoomable 360º panoramas of Kinclaven Bluebell Wood, near Kinclaven, just south of Kercock by the River Tay. The wood was recently purchased by the Woodland Trust (Scotland). Woodland in the area has been noted on maps going back to Timothy Pont's mapping of Scotland in 1600. Links HERE and HERE and HERE.

These panoramas are tests prior to final locations and that I'm happy with repeatability etc.. There are other small production tweaks I wish to make.
I'm refining the locations in the wood that will show change throughout the year, I'm particularly looking for a variety of interesting features.
The third panorama shows more tree canopy and is divided into thirds, the woodland floor will have plenty of interest as well through the year.
Panorama No.3 has also the largest image and file size so can take a lot longer for the various image tiles to render fully, once they have its fine.
I have one other location still to shoot but shall have to wait for better weather. Panoramas no's.1 & 2 will be reshot with the larger format, though fine as is for now. I'll possibly also reshoot no.3 if I feel the light is better when there.

kinclaven bluebell wood © george logan 2018

Christmas 2017 and Snow


I hope everyone had a nice time.
For those that like snow at Christmas, a picture from the 14th December, more snow expected soon apprently.

Kinclaven Bluebell Wood © George Logan 2017

christmas cheer © George Logan 2017

Grand Tour; Glen Beanie - Venice


I've added a new gallery of images (HERE or click image) to complement the previous Biennale gallery.
This was a work I planned before going and is part of my Glen Beanie project, or rather a project that has developed from my Folds project. The working title 'Cultures' is work in progress as far as selection and the accompanying text etc..

from; Cultures © George Logan 2017

Venice Gallery


I've added a selection of some of the art seen at the Biennale. HERE or click on image - enjoy.

© George Logan

from Glen Beanie to Venice - Journeys


For several years I've been working in a small fairly unassuming glen, just off the much larger and itself lovely Glen Isla. Glen Beanie however has an amazing range of possibilities to explore, archaeology evidential from Neolithic to the more recent. Cup marked stones, hut circles and the more recent folds and shieling huts of subsistence farmers. 
One of my projects was to parallel the transhumance to the shieling grounds with that of the Grand Tour by the wealthy to Europe and specifically via the Alps to Venice and Rome.
I wanted to bring Glen Beanie to Venice, to contrast the two places and 'cultures'. Both of importance albeit in different ways.
I managed this past weekend to bring it in part full circle, with the landscape of Glen Beanie placed in Venice, symbolically encountering Venice and that of Venice encountering Glen Beanie. There is a much more extended sequence in process of Glen Beanie in Venice and encountering contemporary art, our current 'culture'.

Glen Beanie by the Grand Canal, Venice. © George Logan 2017

Venice in Glen Beanie © George Logan 2017

Time passes


Its a long time since my last post but I've not been idle, far from it. Quite a bit of commercial work (a few examples can be seen HERE ) and new personal projects. Plus a really superb visit to the Venice Biennale (Selection HERE), that included not just seeing the amazing art but also creating work that is an extension to my ongoing Glen Beanie Grand Tour project as well. I'll talk about that in a following post.

Other personal projects include a new collaboration with my friend Christine Partridge that I worked with on our Darkness Reflected body of work. This time we are working in a local ancient woodland (see previous post). There are several facets to our work but a couple of my images can be seen below, the work is slowly taking shape and morphing as I work with the subject.

from the Wood series © George Logan

from the Wood series © George Logan

Darkness Reflected


darkness reflected © george logan

Darkness Reflected is a collaboration with artist Christine Partridge, the exhibition is now set for Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh. It includes Chris's paintings, sculptures, our collaborative video and my photography. My part of the exhibition apart from the video deals with the vision and trauma of First World War soldiers. That is assuming I can get access to the Black Watch Museum in Perth, as the archive after initial contact and securing access has been closed, making for a very frustrating period and an ever closing window for the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 17 - 28th February 2017. 11am - 5pm
Patriothall Gallery, 1 Patriothall off Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. EH3 5AY.

Opening night is on the 16th, 6-8pm With an artist talk on Saturday 25 th February 11.00 -12.30.