Of all the images I made today on the Ailsa Craig, this is perhaps my favourite. The ironic thing is, the image could have been made anywhere and there is really nothing in the image which shows the actual location, an uninhabited island ten miles out to sea. Regardless of that, this sort of image is the kind I most like to create – dereliction is fascinating, and there is always something lovely about chairs in a derelict place.
In one of the outhouses at the Ailsa Craig lighthouse, I came upon this scene and I chuckled when I noticed the badge on the rusty old wheelbarrow. The scene was perfect for a bit of HDR work.
Visiting the uninhabited island of the Ailsa Craig, ten miles out to sea in the Firth of Clyde, I spent some time in the old lighthouse there. Inside, I found these framed black and white photographs depicting various scenes. Sitting beside this window, the framed images formed an entirely new image.
At the Lighthouse Gallery in Glasgow, there was an exhibition which consisted of a town made of plasticine, complete with little figures. This couple were sitting on the rooftop of one of the little buildings. In the background, a large light installation had blurred in such a way that I thought of fireworks going off as the couple kissed.
My final shot from the trip to Ruby Bay was the little lighthouse which stands guiding the wayfarer safely home. The light was getting very contrasty by this point, so I decided for a long exposure of eighty seconds, with the intention of converting to monochrome at the conversion stage.