Water and Sky

Monday morning, snowlight. Starlings on the wire. ~~~ I’m not the only one to be astonished by the mimicry of starlings. “Chris Watson the sound recordist captures the sounds of starlings on the Island of Coll. The birds seem to emulate the sound of a two-stroke engine memorised by previous generations and passed down through […]

Being Here

The first weeks of the first year of being here are all mixed up with snow and ice, with dislocation and fear of falling, with car warning lights and a broken spring all limiting my travelling, the paths that I might follow. Still, I let the camera pull me outside and on a winter’s morning […]

For Our Senses to Grow Sharper

Photography practice in my lunch-break by the harbour. Colour, pattern, light. My fingers trembling in the cold north wind. ~~~ Tuesday evening and already I am office-weary, paper tired, screen glazed over. ‘I’m not going to practice today,’ I say to myself. ‘You don’t have to wonder all the time. Everyday doesn’t mean every day […]

Watching the Light

Sunrise today: 8.38am. Sunset today: 4.39pm. 8 hours of sunlight. 1 hour and 35 minutes longer than the shortest day. ~~~ Driving home at twenty past five and for the first time the sky is still light. There’s no daylight left but it’s not yet dark and the sky is twilight blue the whole way […]

Behind the Glass

I have been in the house all week. The combination of a dislocated shoulder and days of snow and ice have kept me on the inside, looking out, behind the glass. For once I am not missing it, the outside. The fear of falling has made me glad to be indoors, and I have plenty […]

Away and Towards

more than ever we need people willing to pause and listen, to open their hearts to what is uncomfortable, and to hold space and attention until the new thing emerges ~ Christine Valtners Paintner Every so often, mainly on a Sunday, I think about writing something here. It can’t be that hard I think: just […]

Walking This Earth

This has been a strange and unsettling ten days in the UK. So many things are in flux, the future uncertain, huge questions being asked about politics, identity, nationality, and at the deepest core about our values – what kind of a society we claim to be, and want to be. I found myself in […]

Falling

I was half watching a programme the other night about space. The presenter was talking about gravity. One way to think about gravity, he said, is that everything in the universe is just falling through space time. The moon is falling into the valley created by the mass of the earth. The earth is falling […]

A Sense of Belonging

I read something the other day that started me thinking about gratitude, and belonging. How we feel a sense of gratitude when we feel that we belong – and perhaps that we feel a greater sense of belonging when we cultivate gratitude. A sense of belonging is, for me, inextricably tied to the earth: feeling […]