NVA Island Drift landscape Alan McAteer copy

Island Drift photographic exhibition featuring Loch Lomond

Island Drift is a photographic installation you immerse yourself in, created by the renowned public art charity, NVA [what NVA means is a tad precious so don’t worry about it – it’s their name]. NVA has been responsible for celebrated experiential creative production in Glen Lyon in Perthshire and The Storr at Trotternish in Skye. Island Drift has been brought to being in partnership with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

The exhibition will open to the public on 14th November 2105 at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. If the image above is anything to go by, we’ll be fighting our way in through a crowd. This exhibition promises to be full of unforgettable images and memorable moments. The calibre of this imagineering is beyond comprehension.

How have images like this been created?

Over an eight month period, National Park rangers helped designer James Johnson, photographer Alan McAteer and NVA’s creative director Angus Farquhar, to create the art work around Loch Lomond. By placing moving and static lights on land and water, and using multiple camera positions, they created a powerful series of digital images that illuminate the Highland boundary fault line.

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of the Park says: ‘It was an unusual and fascinating experience for our Rangers to help the artists light up the landscape of the Park to create these stunning images. The exhibition provides a unique perspective on the striking geology of Loch Lomond and we are thrilled that it will be on show at the Street Level. I would encourage people from the National Park area and across Scotland to head to Glasgow for this unique exhibition.’

The Street Level Photoworks exhibition of Island Drift, displays the images in a series of stunning lightboxes that give multiple perspectives on the topography of the region. By lighting the landscape and water, and using the subtle changes of natural light, photographer McAteer has formed powerful compositional and textured structures.

Earlier in the year, Street Level Photoworks were commissioned by NVA to deliver the Island Drift engagement programme, involving primary schools from the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs area in some of the creative photography techniques.

Pupils took part in sessions that explored manual camera techniques, panoramas and painting with light with an exhibition of the pupils’ works taking place at Cashel Native Forest Centre in May. They created stunning photography of their local area resulting in a diverse collection of images, from considered studies of nature, to sweeping, swirling and imagined landscapes.

NVA is also the company behind the regeneration of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. They aim to make it the world’s first intentional modernist ruin, creating a new resource for arts and heritage, with an inaugural event on site planned for Spring 2016.

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