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Douglas has quietly developed a hitherto hidden talent for spotting the obscure, the unlikely, the mysterious and the beautiful in the hills and valleys and glens around his home.

To Douglas, a puddle can transform itself, with a bubble on its surface, into a strange and interesting observant eye. Or a tree, the match of its neighbours, can detach and become a fierce (or comforting, depending on the viewer) bird winging its way toward the camera.

“As I would wander by myself in the hills above Killin. Gradually I would be aware of forms and patterns in the grasses, the trees, the ponds, and how they differed, but to an extent remained the same in summer, in rain, in ice and in snow.”

“I decided to try to record these, getting beneath, behind and beyond the actual objects I was photographing.”

Some are sinister and sad, but reflect Douglas’ view of the continuity of things past, present and in the future. He calls the collection of images “Archaeology” to reflect delving into things in places where they have been in one form or another for weeks or months or years or decades. Fallen trees, an animal track on the ice, long discarded antlers or a sheep’s skull, the reflection in a puddle – all are transformed through his lens into timeless images which bring the viewer to deeper thoughts on what till then were the ordinary things never seeming worthy of a second glance.

"Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
- Rabindranath Tagor

17/06/15

"The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness."
- John Muir

07/06/15

It is easy to be alive.

09/04/15

The day of my birthday I went to
this spot to reflect, 4th august.2014.

Bird chatter

09/04/15

I came out to the marks
left by the winter travellers.

the agnostic existentialist

09/04/15

Nature is what it is.

Shining with one light

09/04/15

Without ruffling the surface, look
carefully into the depths.
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