June 27, 2008

Scotland 2008 Part XXIX: R_ in Clearance Ruins

This day was the second last of R_'s visit to Scotland, and was also the day we began our journey from Skye to Edinburgh. Other than knowing where we were staying at the end of the day, I had no set plan, though I was hoping to find some ruins or spectacular landscape for R_ and I to work with during the drive.
Digital infrared original
A little more than half way to our destination, we passed by a low ling of trees, with the battered ruins among them; turning the car around, we investigated, and found exactly what I was looking for - old crofts likely abandoned during the clearances. With the road some distance from the ruins, and traffic sporadic, we decided to spend some time exploring the site.
Digital infrared original, 7 frame stitch
The vast majority of the images in the space focused on doorways and rock walls, but there was a beautiful pasture behind the buildings that had an old stone wall and massive trees. R_ suggested we make some photos there, to contrast with all the more ruin-focused images of the beginning of the session.
Digital original, 3 frame stitch
The last set of photos is actually my favorite from the session - and was made on the other side of the highway. In a low dip, out of view from the road was an old shed...or half of one; when R_ stood inside it, she was lit from all sides, though it looked like she was inside a building. The magical appearance of this space I found really captivation, so we made more than a dozen variations on pose, though one of the first ones (above) was obviously the strongest.

After 45 minutes of photography, we returned to the car, and continued our drive across Scotland.

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