Views from within – sharing spaces with local residents

While out saying Hello and leafletting in the flats, we knocked on David’s door and he kindly invited us into his top floor flat. David gets to look at an amazing view of hills and sunsets as often as he likes (or can). It’s the best flat he’s had he says and he has had…

What We Do Now in NW Dumfries, Scotland

In late July 2021 I joined the WWDN project with The Stove Network, Dumfries, as an artist working with the community of Dunlop Road in Lochside, NW Dumfries. This is the first blog documenting my work and impressions from the early establishing weeks/months. There will be more as the project develops… The project is part…

Is glass a solid or a liquid…or both?

There is a romantic idea that glass is a very slow-moving liquid which travels downwards due to gravity over a number of centuries in old church windows making them thicker at the bottom than the top…sadly the truth is closer to defining it as an amorphous solid which lacks the orderly molecular structure of other…

Elsewhere – some concluding thoughts

The end of new normal is in sight and we can begin to live more easily with the mask and the distance, knowing it will come to an end. The idea of normal hoves into view for many of us but it seems a bit stranger than expected, can we really expect life to be…

Elsewhere – Where Are We Now?

We are better connected than we were three months ago, but we don’t really know the pathway through the next three and beyond. The Market Festival in Dumfries last Saturday was full of communal joy and genuine bonhomie but behind the mask we aren’t quite sure how long this spell of almost normality will last…we…

The New Normal is Now…

Rolling directly into my sketch book as preliminary work for Elsewhere, a project for The Stove Network in Dumfries, I found myself wondering where the roller would go, what it would do, how much ink it would deposit, what textures it would create, when it would run out of ink, how long I will believe…

Treble Denim – strengthening the social bonds

Returning to life after lockdown involves an ever-increasing pattern of overlapping life shapes and patterns, combinations of over and under, beside and between, distant and closer, safer and less safe, trusting and risky, aimless and purposeful, peaceful and agitated, knowing and unknowing, hopeful and disturbed, relieved and edgy, banal and fantastic, comfortable and prickly, proactive…

May 6: Darkly — On This Date in Photography: by James Mcardle

Glass and photography have had long association. Glass lenses enable the camera to ’see’. Even the daguerreotype on metal relied on a layer of glass in a frame to protect its delicate, erasable surface, and it became redundant in face of efforts to use glass as a desirable substrate for photo-sensitive materials which occupied much […]…

April 10: Streetview — On This Date in Photography: by James Mcardle

April 10: In streets now empty of humanity, how might the photograph interpose a human vision? I’ve just discovered a fine and timely meditation from three weeks ago in The Conversation‘s “Friday essay” that Cherine Fahd and Sara Oscar wrote together on “the uncanny melancholy of empty photographs in the time of coronavirus” amplifying observations…