Traigh stir Hosta, North Uist, Scotland. 15th June 1998, 07:00 N 57° 37.41' W 007°29.20'
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Traigh stir Hosta, North Uist, Scotland. 15th June 1998, 07:00 N 57° 37.41' W 007°29.20' Edition: 1/10 1998
  • Scottish Art
Using a camera mounted on top of a six metre pole, Johnston captures landscapes from an alternative perspective, involving the viewer more intensely in the process of looking. Johnston’s panoramas suggest the real-life mobility of human perspective, the engagement of our visual memories in complex configurations of space and time. In doing so, they extend both our experience and conception of the act of seeing. This work, taken on the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist, encapsulates the classical Greek philosophical contemplation as to whether space had an edge. The curvature of the beach and the ocean around the central void creates the idea of the earth spinning in the expansive universe. Interestingly the photographer, pole and camera are just visible as a shadow on the sand.

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Perspective

The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Perspective

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 255.2
  • Medium 48 silver gelatine prints on aluminium
  • Size 82.00 x 82.00 cm (framed: 94.00 x 94.00 x 2.20 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Mark Johnston, the photographer 1999