My Eternal Thief - Talk Without Words...
And now for something different...
A long time before I was in to photography I was a musician - I played in a number of Australian bands throughout the 80s and 90s (Madroom, King Snake Roost, Deathless and Kaktus Mantras to name a few). I played on about 30 releases and toured Australia, USA and Europe - but since I moved to the UK (in 1999) I have only done 'solo' studio work. There are a couple of books out that suggest that King Snake Roost is one of bands who 'invented grunge' (sorry!) - one is Blunt: A Biased History of Australian Rock. But key to that is that we never believed we were inventing anything - we were just not playing the same crud as everyone else (it only became cool to be grunge years afterward). I think the word 'crunk' better describes KSR!
I have a history of being in bands that very few people saw, although everyone claims to have been at 'all the shows' years afterward. In fact, I once published a review in an Australian music magazine for a gig which never happened for a band that never existed (the band was called The Art Pigs) - and I have had people swear they were at that gig.
I released a solo album in early 00s under the name Eternia called From Dungeon's Luxury of Doubt. Then I started recording under the name My Eternal Thief. The song on this page is My Eternal Thief's cover of Talk Without Words - originally by And Also the Trees - it was recorded for an AATT tribute compilation Beyond the Horizon. AATT are one of my long time favourite bands (along with Joy Division, The Comsat Angels and Swans).
This track includes hurdy gurdy, erhu, bass, vocals and lots of electronics (but no sample loops).
The images are from my recent trip to Perthshire in Scotland and include Rannoch Moor, Dhub Lochan, Killiecrankie Gorge and Dunalastair. The ruin is Dunalastair Castle.
Water of Dunalastair :: Sunset
Sunset at Dunalastair Water, Scotland
Isle of Skye :: Sligachan
Photographs from around Sligachan
Iceland :: Reykjanes
Images from Krýsuvik, Seltún Geothermal Fields, Kleifarvatn, Sveifluháls and Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station.
Cambridge :: The Backs
The Backs, Cambridge
An Icelandic Miscellany
A selection of images that didn't fit with the other projects.
Isle of Skye :: Quiraing
A couple of hours of sunshine in a week of snow, sleet and heavy rain.
Orkney :: St Magnus Cathedral
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney
Iceland :: Skógafoss
Rannoch :: Dubh Lochan
A few moments at Rannoch Station
England :: Lyveden New Bield
Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.