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From the series 'Stillness and Occurrence'
© David Williams

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From the series 'Stillness and Occurrence' 2000

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The sea front at Portobello, a sight familiar to every resident of Edinburgh, takes on the appearance of a mirage here. The blurring of form and delicate merging of colour turn the image into look like an abstract painting. Its unreal qualities put the viewer in a contemplative mood. The formal values of the Romantic artists have been put to good use by the photographer to stress the insignificance of man in the vastness of nature.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


A movement in art, literature and music in the 18th and 19th centuries that rejected neoclassical restraint in favour of emotion and individual expression.

Abstract art, Romanticism


  • Acc. No. PGP 117.47
  • Medium Colour photograph
  • Size 54.00 x 77.30 cm
  • Credit Presented by the photographer 2001