The Scape Gallery

Here’s the gallery of photos from my latest book building/learning experience.

I’ve said this before but I really need to sit down and properly study how to make books, how to sequence them etc. as I just go with my heart much like I do with my camera and paint brushes.

I have to paint fast to keep whatever inspiration I had fresh like an energy bar running out in a computer game.

Anyway, here’s the Gallery and a rough guide:

Forth Rail Bridge, Mamiya Universal - Portra 160

Inside Pages
Paper Trail

Starting with images symbolising a journey

Paper Trail - Bus Shelter

Paper Trail - Tree

Paper Trail - Stuck Bottle

If you say Land-scape photography it’s normally an image of trees or hills that will pop into your head so I start with trees then immediately go straight to the juxt-ugular (juxtaposition and jugular, get it?), the urban landscape.

Multi-Exposure Rain Drops

Water by Rocks

Natural rocks and stone/man-made rocks and stone.


Old Pinhole Contact Prints

A deteriorating image of a tree blowing in the wind, replaced by a brick and metal building on the following page.


Crail 2012

A farmed field, replaced by a tall pointy symbol of cultural progress and an echo of the old.

Doubler, Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 - Fomapan 400

Christmas Tree Bridge

Insch, Halina Viceroy - Kodak Ektachrome 100Plus

Another mechanical symbol juxtaposed with trees; a level crossing with the dazzling lights of a fast paced technological culture.

Crossing, Halina Viceroy - Kodak Ektachrome 100Plus

Calton Hill, Crown Graphic - Kodak Vericolor 4111

Monument to man followed by the inevitable, yet likely unknown at the time, future of waste.

Panorama Of Edinburgh

Urbana, Bencini Koroll 2 - Ektachrome 100Plus

The modern landscape of wires with a depressed mood in red …

Pylons, Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 - Kodak Ektachrome

… and with more wires but in blue.

Pylons, Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 - Kodak Ektachrome

Dog Running on Pittenweem Beach

A family by the water then a family on a train …

Anna and Lou

… terminating with just the bridge, a classic symbol of awesome engineering that brackets the first part of the collection of images.

Forth Rail Bridge, Mamiya Universal - Portra 160


Abstract rebirth of ideas or as David Farquhar used to say about making music, ‘a quiet bit’ after ‘a noisy bit’.




These reminded a little of 2001: A Space Odyssey or, at a stretch, an electronic version of the reeds in the water from Solaris.




Urban Nightmare

Rebirth again but with echo’s of the city.

Early Morning


Locusts 2

Edinburgh, Kodak No.2-A - Konica R100



Two Trees

But you can’t hold it back so here it comes again, and below with a “these are the footsteps you’re going to make” sorta thing.


A Sign


Old Pinhole Contact Prints



Urban Horror Story




Introducing dysfunctional animals and people.

The Problem with Kids

From My First Ever Camera


This is where it gets a bit heavy handed. I’m pretty much an atheist so here is a reference to the construct of religion.

Christmas 2013


Christmas 2013

… and my perceived corruption of it by the vanity and greed of those who yearn for power and control.



Bush by Cameron Toll 'Temporal Disruption Field'

Images of orbs or circles to to symbolise what I think is the cyclical nature of everything and an optimistic half circle.


When I actually write all this down it sounds very very wanky but you can simply ignore it and make up your own version from the sequence of images or ignore making any interpretation all together (does it really need to have a meaning?).

As Grayson Perry said so perfectly about art, but I think it relates to everything, “you don’t have to like it all”.

le fin


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