Patricia Macdonald

Change of State, Melting Ice, Loch Moraig, Forest of Atholl

About this artwork

Macdonald uses aerial photography to make beautiful and striking images that are poetic and approach natural truth. This image shows melting ice on Loch Moraig, however, the unfamiliar viewpoint gives it an ambiguity that borders on abstraction. The work, like many others by Macdonald, is informed by her background as a biological scientist, as well as an interest in environmental sustainability and the impact of people on landscape.

  • title: Change of State, Melting Ice, Loch Moraig, Forest of Atholl
  • accession number: PGP 72.14
  • artist: Patricia MacdonaldScottish (born 1945)
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Lochs, lakes and ponds
  • materials: Cibachrome print
  • date created: Unknown
  • measurements: 40.60 x 30.40 cm; mounted: 55.70 x 40.60 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1991
  • copyright: [A] For all aerial images, or those with an aerial component: © Patricia Macdonald, in collaboration with Angus Macdonald

Patricia Macdonald

Patricia Macdonald

Patricia Macdonald was born in Edinburgh and educated at Edinburgh University where she gained a doctorate in Biological Science in 1973. An independent photographic artist and graphic designer, she was Head of Publications Design and Production for the National Museums of Scotland from 1985-90. Much of her recent work has involved aerial photography, in collaboration with her husband, Angus Macdonald, as pilot and operations manager. This has resulted in some beautiful close-ups of cloud formations and jewel-like visions of the surface of the earth. Patricia Macdonald has exhibited and published widely in Britain and abroad.