Photographer says Neolithic Scottish monuments "speak directly to us" ahead of exhibition

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 January 2015

New exhibition shows power of Neolithic monuments in Scotland, says acclaimed landscape photographer

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Part of Dig It!, the year-long festival sizing up Scotland’s enviable archaeological landscape, Out of Time is an exhibition of works by David Paterson, a commercial photographer who spent decades working for leading advertising, design and publishing groups before retiring to the Stirling village of Killin in 2003.

Paterson’s journeys are diverse: he spent 25 years collaborating with garden artist Ian Hamilton Finlay, and the subjects of his books have included the Himalayas and the Highlands. His infatuation with Neolithic monuments began during the 1970s.

“The stones tell us that humans have long been capable great feats of strength and organisation, and that they have been engaged since the beginning in a search for meaning and spirituality,” he says.

“These monuments speak directly to us. Though we may no longer understand their language, we feel their power and mystery.

“They are messages written on the landscape; memories from out of time.”

  • Out of Time (Memories of the Neolithic) is at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling, from January 18 – March 1 2015. Opening event at 11am on January 17, email museum@smithartgalleryandmuseum to attend.

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