North Uist Archaeology 360

An installation featuring my North Uist photospheres, accompanied by English/Gaelic narration & original musical compositions that I recorded, plus drone footage from Uist Film, is now open at the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre. So if you happen to find yourself in the Outer Hebrides in the next few weeks, do have a look. Maybe buy a book :)

North Uist 360

But fear not if your travel plans for May/June do not include remote islands off the cost of Scotland, as the installation shall live on in a smaller form as part of the larger archaeology exhibition that runs throughout the whole summer!

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Snapmad Canvas Prints

The exhibition that showcases the 360 pano work I did on North Uist last summer, along with video & audio recording work I’ve done since plus some fab drone footage from Andy Mackinnon at Uist Film, launched last night at the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the launch due to a prior engagement down in London, but I’ve been told it went down well!

As well as producing a small photo book via epubli that will be offered for sale in the Taigh Chearsabhagh shop (50 copies should be on their way to the shop soon!) we also wanted to be able to offer prints for sale. Mounting & framing gets expensive pretty quickly, especially when the prints aren’t a common dimension, so I decided to give one of Snapmad’s canvas prints a go – especially as they now offer ‘panoramic’ sizes in 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 & 5:2.

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North Uist Panoramas – Leacach An Tigh Chloiche

This was the final site I shot before leaving the island & was by far the most difficult to get to. It’s over an hour’s walk from the nearest road (well, a farmer’s track that turns off the road) & involves walking straight through a bog as there simply isn’t any way to get around. Wellies are a definite necessity & tbh waders wouldn’t go amiss. My boss on the island went out with me & had to physically drag me out when I placed one foot wrong & that leg disappeared up to the thigh O_o

The view from the top of the hill was worth it though, even if I had to squelch all the way up the hill & then all the way back to the car after the bog incident…

27 Leacach An Tigh Chloiche (chambered cairn & standing stone at Unival)

28 Leacach An Tigh Chloiche (chambered cairn & standing stone at Unival)

This is sort of like the classic cliché standing stone shot that most people that visit North Uist seem to take, except instead of taking it at Pobull Fhinn I took it up here so at least it’s slightly less repetitive.

29 Leacach An Tigh Chloiche (chambered cairn & standing stone at Unival)

30 Leacach An Tigh Chloiche (chambered cairn & standing stone at Unival)

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 4x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).

North Uist Panoramas – Caravat Barp

This wasn’t a particularly impressive site as Caravat barp is quite a low one that was also rather overgrown, but I tried a few different positions nonetheless. Click on the Roundme images to load the panoramas so that you can drag them around, double click once they’ve loaded to go fullscreen.

This one is from the top, so look down to see the stones of the barp around you.

21 Caravat Barp (chambered cairn at Carinish)

This was some sort of wall/remnant of a structure to one side of the barp.

22 Caravat Barp (chambered cairn at Carinish)

And here I was just drawn to the nice moss over the stones.

24 Caravat Barp (chambered cairn at Carinish)

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 3x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).

North Uist Panoramas – Barpa Nam Feannag

As seen in this post where I ran over the PTGui process, these are from Barpa Nam Feannag. This site is a little less well known to tourists, as it’s about an hour’s walk from the nearest road & it isn’t signposted with a footpath or anything. Plenty of sheep along the way to keep you company though.

I took this first one from a nice large flat rock when I first laid eyes on the cairn, partly to show its situation in the wider landscape & partly to give my legs a rest. You can see the cairn to the left of the big body of water.

15 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (from far away)

This one is pretty much the whole project’s money shot, really pleased with how well it came out. It prints quite nicely as well.

16 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (at barp)

One from the base of the stones.

17 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (at base of stones)

And one from the side to show the length of the cairn (it’s classified as a ‘long’ cairn for reasons that should now be fairly evident).

18 Barpa Nam Feannag (chambered cairn at Ahmor) (from side)

If you click this Roundme image it will load the space & let you click between the 4x different panoramas & drag them with your mouse/finger to look around. Once it’s loaded you can double click to go fullscreen (highly recommended).