Recent blog posts:

  • Serralves

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    The Serralves park and museum in Porto have long been on my radar, but it was only this spring that I visited for the first time. What a joy. The origin of Serralves Park dates back to 1923 when the Count of Vizela inherited the Quinta do Lordelo estate, the family’s summer residence on the outskirts of Porto. Serralves Villa itself, built in the 1930s, is a unique example of Art Deco architecture. According to the Serralves Foundation website, “the Serralves Garden, as designed by Jacques Gréber, was considered to be one of the first examples of gardening art in Portugal of the first half of the twentieth century”. The park, villa and modern art museum are an absolute must if you’re visiting Porto. The outdoor artworks, particularly those by Joana Vasconcelos, are outstanding, and I also loved the Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor.
  • Back in action

    Back in action
    I’ve been away from photography for quite a long period (a bad case of frozen shoulder meant that I couldn’t use a camera), but being deprived of it has only increased my enthusiasm. I am most definitely back in action now, planning a new exhibition for next year and seeing various articles into print. It’s good to be back!
  • East Lothian: A Botanical Year

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    Well, my exhibition in Dunbar has finished and I’m delighted with all the wonderful feedback that I’ve received. It’s been a rewarding and pleasurable experience to share my appreciation of East Lothian with others. Sales of giftcards and mounted prints went very well, and they’ll be available for purchase at various local outlets soon. Contact me if you’re interested in knowing more. Here are a few press clippings and photos from the launch party.
  • East Lothian: A Botanical Year

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    Next month I’m delighted to be exhibiting a collection of photographs with the title “East Lothian: A Botanical Year”, which will take place at the Dunbar Town House from 15th to 30th July. Stay tuned for details. Meantime, here are a couple of images to whet the appetite.
  • Russians in Scotland!

    Russians in Scotland! Russians in Scotland! Russians in Scotland! Russians in Scotland!
    I recently had the great pleasure of hosting a tour for a group of garden lovers from Moscow. I gain huge joy from doing these tours. I love to see how well my Russian visitors (all highly knowledgeable and experienced gardeners) respond to the wonderful gardens that Scotland has to offer; and equally I love how the Scottish hosts respond to our visits. Russians are very open and unreserved, they are curious and ask many questions, and most of all they are highly appreciative. Here are just a couple of images of my lovely group, taken at Greywalls (with charming head gardener Neil Davidson) and at Stobshiel, both in East Lothian.