Mark Johnston

Traigh stir Hosta, North Uist, Scotland. 15th June 1998, 07:00 N 57° 37.41' W 007°29.20' (Edition: 1/10 1998)

About this artwork

Using a camera mounted on top of a six metre pole, Johnston captures landscapes from an alternative perspective, involving the viewer more intensely in the process of looking. Johnston’s panoramas suggest the real-life mobility of human perspective, the engagement of our visual memories in complex configurations of space and time. In doing so, they extend both our experience and conception of the act of seeing. This work, taken on the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist, encapsulates the classical Greek philosophical contemplation as to whether space had an edge. The curvature of the beach and the ocean around the central void creates the idea of the earth spinning in the expansive universe. Interestingly the photographer, pole and camera are just visible as a shadow on the sand.

  • title: Traigh stir Hosta, North Uist, Scotland. 15th June 1998, 07:00 N 57° 37.41' W 007°29.20'
  • accession number: PGP 255.2
  • artist: Mark JohnstonScottish (born 1963)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: The sea
  • materials: 48 silver gelatine prints on aluminium
  • date created: Edition: 1/10 1998
  • measurements: 82.00 x 82.00 cm (framed: 94.00 x 94.00 x 2.20 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by Mark Johnston, the photographer 1999

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston is a Scottish photographer whose preferred method of work is to mount his camera on a long pole and shoot successive sections of city streets or archaeological sites. These aerial views are then montaged onto circular bases, providing bird's eye views of various sites. Although the photographer plans the angle at which each picture is taken, the final view is always slightly random. He challenges the traditional rectangular picture format and by building circular sequences of moments, he offers the viewer the experience of time in still images.