Wild boar prefer to spend most of the day hiding in thick conifers, making them a hard subject to photograph – but I regularly heard and had fleeting glimpses of the thorough the trees. On one day a family of four bolted from under a low canopy no more than a few meters in front of me. I’m not sure who was more surprised! Spending time in their habitat is a valuable learning experience reading their ways by different spore. It required me to tune into my sixth sense. In one area, which had been partly forested, the tree stumps had become perfect itching posts – inspirational!
I have just returned from a week-long trip to the West Coast of Scotland and the Islands of the Inner Hebrides. It took me a while to get there - staying the night in Glasgow, then a spectacular drive through the Trossachs, along the banks of Loch Lomond, and across to Oban to take the boat to Mull. From there I boarded a small ferry, more used to transporting sheep perhaps, to the beautiful Isle of Ulva.
2016 was a busy year here at Hamish Mackie Sculpture.
Placing sculpture is one of the first things I consider when planning a new commission with a client. I always ask where the piece is ultimately going to end up.