The Rowan is Learning to Write (1997)
About this artwork
The garden of the sculptor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, is a construction using stone and plants together. The photographer has captured the moment when the shadow of leaves caresses the foot of the stone. The wing-shaped shadow suggests the Latin name of the rowan tree 'sorbus aucuparia', which means 'birdcatching'; and their pointed tips appear to be scribbling on the stone in agreement with the inscription.
- title: The Rowan is Learning to Write
- accession number: PGP 184.21
- artist: Robin GillandersScottish (born 1952)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Shadows Light and sound
- date created: 1997
- measurements: 30.20 x 30.40 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1998
- copyright: © ROBIN GILLANDERS
Robin Gillanders was born in Edinburgh in 1952 and studied at the University of Edinburgh from 1970-4. After teaching history at the Royal High School in Edinburgh from 1975-82, Gillanders began a career as a freelance advertising and fashion photographer. He has taught photography at Napier University since 1983. More generally known as a portrait photographer, in the 1990s Gillanders worked in collaboration with the poet and sculptor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, creating a photographic work in Finlay's garden, Little Sparta, in Lanarkshire.