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Dust to Dust

2010

Due largely to topography and depopulation the Scottish islands have an unusually high number of abandoned and derelict houses. During 2004 and 2005, using Ordnance Survey maps I methodically traveled throughout the Outer Hebrides and Orkneys documenting these empty buildings and produced an extensive archive of images. On the last day of production I made a still life picture which later intrigued and fascinated me, it was an image of a damaged book… a cowboy novel. In 2010 I was able to return to the islands and make a work about found Bibles, which were later sequenced with the earlier pictures and published as the book Dust to Dust in 2014.