Castle Island and Cracking Ice, Loch Leven (from Shadow of Heaven) (February 1987)
About this artwork
Patricia Macdonald uses aerial photography to make beautiful and striking images that are poetic and approach natural truth. Loch Leven is here seen from above as it begins to thaw. The photograph is at once a record of a physical process as the ice warms and expands before melting and a picture of astounding beauty.
- title: Castle Island and Cracking Ice, Loch Leven (from Shadow of Heaven)
- accession number: PGP 72.9
- artist: Patricia MacdonaldScottish (born 1945)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Castles Topographical Lochs, lakes and ponds
- materials: Colour photograph
- date created: February 1987
- measurements: 27.40 x 40.50 cm; mounted: 40.40 x 55.80 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1989
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.