Alexander Lindsay: In conversation with Dr Julie Bonzon

Julie: Looking at those pictures on the website and I also watched the video you did with Johnny which I think was very helpful. I was just thinking about this specific series in Scotland in particular, and why Scotland? Because you have been travelling everywhere and in so many different places and I was wondering how this series came to life and why Scotland in particular as a point of focus?

Alexander: well, I guess you know because of the covid thing, I encouraged it and I have my personal connection with the country and my family came over to Scotland from just after the Norman invasion, so we’ve been here in this country for a long long time. We Tend to be sort of – computer cuts out briefly

Alexander: But I often say wherever one can go in the world Scotland – I have never been to a place which is necessarily more magnificent, and what excites me with landscape photography – one thing is photographically, you’re capturing reality, you are having to deal with the subject matter in a more literal sense than perhaps any other art form. What really excites me is how photography can capture a slice of time so precisely, but if this slice of time is in a stage of transition, when one thing is moving to another, that is really what I’m after. It’s almost subliminal that looking at my photographs – I do see that, I do see states of transition, states of being moving from one to the other, and there is no place more – Well you know Iceland and I’m sure other places, but Scotland has this extraordinary energy changes, which are constantly happening, its location off the Atlantic, it’s the height, the latitude that occurs. I just find it an incredibly exciting place and it’s in ones back yard, I find it amazing how few people really do explore it, who live in London and go miles on their holidays or whatever. There are honestly, on this trip, there are times which I physically – I’m in the car and I come round the corner and see some situation which is physically impossible not to continue driving, you just have to stop and take stock of what’s happening around you. So, for all these reasons it’s not easy, it’s a very difficult country I find to photograph…Read more