Journal and essays


A letter from the last few months

I’m not sure where the year has gone. How has time actually passed, despite the wild world we’re now living in? I ask myself this question all the time.

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What’s next for our slow travel project

When I was commuting into Edinburgh each weekday — how strange it feels saying that in past tense — I kept a small notebook in which I’d scribble ideas as the train rattled towards the city. It feels like a lifetime ago when I wrote the words, Where does Hashtag Scotland go next? You may…

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Noticing nature and letting go of certainty

After a week of work — which involves creating content about the coronavirus for about 7 hours a day, which as you’ve guessed doesn’t provide much opportunity from switching off from the situation we currently find ourselves in — one of the weekend’s simplest pleasures is sitting in the kitchen with a coffee and toast,…

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The temptation to take photos

As I noticed the flowers, I had to stop myself from taking my phone out of my pocket. Why that anxiety, that desperation, to document this moment? This essay explores that feeling and trying to fight it.

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A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel

The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies of…

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A woman stands with her camera pointing towards a cloud-shrouded mountain in Glen Coe, Scotland

A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media

‘It’s remarkable how, in just a few hundred years, the way we see the Highlands can change entirely…’ ‘Today we walk through them, cycle over them, climb them, explore them — and photograph them, over and over again. This landscape no longer repels people with its harsh, unknowable obscurity. Instead it attracts them in their…

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A walk near home to mark the weekend

A quick blog based on yesterday’s evening stroll and the notes I took afterwards in a journal, scrawled vertically whilst lying in bed before midnight. The sky was hazy, like viewing it through condensation on glass. ‘Walk?’ B messaged me. We hadn’t done this yet, but this notion we had before we moved to Fife…

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Little signs of spring near home in Fife

Yesterday we hiked up the hill behind our house. I say hike because this crag is far from a leisurely weekend stroll: the first part sees the walker take on a steep, leaf-lined trail before meeting a welcome flat pasture; from there, a grassy cattle road is joined and soon he or she is pointed…

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Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?

One bright weekend this October, we spent the day in Perthshire. This is somewhat of an autumnal rite-of-passage for Scottish city workers, eager to forget their commute and embrace nature as the nights darken. A wild, well-off region of ancient trees, hills and picturesque villages, Perthshire is a photographer’s paradise at this time of year —…

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Back to blogging, but not as I knew it

Hello — it’s been a while hasn’t it? (Haven’t you noticed the virtual tumbleweed around here?) Things have been changing, in both the online world and my life, and I’m sharing this to make sense of it all… Trying to find the words in a world of haste. Over the past few months I’ve exhaled…

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