Aerial works by Patricia + Angus Macdonald, held in the permanent collection of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, form part of their current exhibition In Focus: Scottish Photography for the Edinburgh Art Festival (until 12 May 2019).

PM-SymbolsCaltonHillEdinburgh-1987‘Symbols, Calton Hill, Edinburgh’, 1987, from Shadow of Heaven, 1989

The Times (Nancy Durrant, Friday, 31 August 18, T2: Arts, page 13) commented: ‘Patricia Macdonald’s aerial work[s are] gorgeous, especially one that records Kate Whiteford’s installation ‘Sculpture for Calton Hill (1987)’, in which Pictish symbols were marked across the turf.’ This image is ‘Symbols, Calton Hill, Edinburgh’, 1987, from the exhibition (The Photographers’ Gallery, London, & UK tour, including to Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh) and book (Aurum/Rizzoli, London/New York) Shadow of Heaven, 1989, and it portrayed these ephemerally-incised ancient symbols in relation to the contrasting monumental buildings placed on the hill around the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, celebrating ‘rational’ and ‘Enlightenment’ values.

AWCAT 115‘Braided river and ancient pines, Glen Feshie, Cairngorms’, 1988, from Shadow of Heaven, 1989

IF-SP-ECAS-1-IMG_8112c-SThe two works by Patricia + Angus Macdonald shown above, as seen in the exhibition In Focus: Scottish Photography, City Art Centre, Edinburgh