Ian Humberstone recalls an encounter with a furious great skua in Fetlar, Shetland.Read More
The death of Okjökull (or Ok), a glacier in Iceland was marked yesterday with the installation of a memorial plaque authored by Andri Snaer Magnason. As one of Iceland’s most respected writers, Magnason has succinctly captured in words the increasingly devastating effects of man-made climate change on his home country, and the ultimate effects our actions may have in store for us all - good or bad. His efforts are part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of Iceland’s disappearing glaciers which also features the video and website Not Ok.
Many of Britain’s seaside towns have been popular as holiday destinations since the Victorian era. From Troon in Scotland to Torquay in England, they share a certain aesthetic that sits somewhere between the high glamour of Sunset Boulevard and the rattling shambles of a touring fun fair. This is what Rob Ball has captured so well in his new book Funland, the third of a series focusing on coastal places.
Visit Rob Ball’s website for a selection of images from the book and to find out more about his practice.
Poems inspired by Lofoten, Mull and St Kilda.Read More
Scott Tacchi may have the best job in the world. He’s a lighthouse technician, which means he gets to visit many of the UK’s most inaccessible islands. He’s also a fine photographer and enjoys recording his work, as you can see over at the BBC’s website.
A new poem by the Edinburgh-based writer.Read More
Transport yourself to the frozen mountains of Iceland, where a couple on the road struggle to find mutual purpose in their new destination. Erlendur Sveinsson’s Columbia University School of the Arts thesis film Kanarí is a recent winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick Award.
Tā moko, the Māori art of marking the skin with connecting patterns to symbolise authority, identity and prestige, is in focus at the National Gallery of Australia. The tradition has its origins in the underworld legends of the lovers Mataora and Niwareka - a theme which runs throughout the exhibition as it brings together early Māori sculpture, modern prints and paintings, and contemporary photography to show the diversity of a unique and culturally venerated art form.
Three poems from the Shetland-based writer, whose new collection Afternoons Go Nowhere was published in May.Read More
If mountains could talk, what might they say? Artist David Kramaric imagines the meeting of two titans from Scotland and Croatia in a playful and lyrical work recently shown in Stornoway.Read More
In June 2019, Miriam Vaswani spent three days on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, in Atlantic Canada. In this lyrical picture essay, she hints at how the Bay and its islands have played large, often conflicting roles in the region’s oral and written histories, and considers the weight of 160 billion tonnes of sea water.Read More
It’s that time of the year again. Daylight all night. You can hardly sleep, but you’re more awake than ever. The kids are nowhere to be found, playing football way past bedtime. We feel like doing something, like going for a long walk or invite ourselves to coffee next door.
So say the people of Sommarøy, who have declared war on time. Living in the far north of Norway, where the sun spills across the land for 24 hours a day, every day, at this time of year, has simply become too much. Their solution is to enact a #TimeFreeZone, so they can have licence to do what they want, when they want.
Check out their campaign page on Facebook (worth it for the photographs alone) and read more about their plight over at the Guardian.
Poems from Moder Dy, the debut collection from Roseanne Watt, published by Polygon (2019).Read More
Enjoy this stunning oceanic flotsam find from the Philippines.