Island Drift

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

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Island Drift is a fine art photographic work created by NVA in partnership with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Over eight months, photographer Alan McAteer, designer James Johnson and NVA’s creative director Angus Farquhar worked with park rangers to manipulate moving and static light sources on land and water. Multiple camera positions were used to achieve a powerful series of digital images articulating the Highland boundary fault line.

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Over the last 15 years NVA have created some powerful live interventions in natural places, by day and by night. The methodology involves performance or installation often on a large scale, with the public moving through a chosen location to witness and complete each production.

The photographic documentation always has its own integrity and value, the images often talk to new audiences who did not necessarily experience the original work. The quality of visual photographic record created from our touring production of Speed of Light has equalled and expanded the impact of the ‘live’ action.

With Island Drift, for the first time, ‘performing the landscape’ is not the main intention. Instead the manipulation of effects of light and movement over large physical spaces purely exists to feed the creation of a photographic artwork.


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