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.
Hebrides :: Isle of Eigg
Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, September 2011
Orkney :: Landscapes
Norway :: The Bergen Railway
Taken through the double-glazed windows of a moving train on the Oslo to Bergen Railway
Achnashellach :: Field of the Willows
Winter 2015. On the River Carron near Achnashellach - between Loch Scaven and Loch Dughaill in Wester Ross, Highlands, Scotland. Achnashellach is gaellic for 'Field of the Willows'. Captured at around 5pm on a wet and windy February afternoon. My poor little camera withers and crumbles at ISO 800, but I like the overall colour and texture of these images.
Iceland :: Road to Þorsmörk
Epic journey to Þorsmörk
Isle of Skye :: Road to the Cuillins
On the Dunvegan Road toward Sligachan and the Cuillins
Isle of Mull :: The Promise
Abandoned boats (but not hope).
Iceland :: Suðurland
Images from Reynir and Dyrhólaey, Iceland. September 2013
Water of Dunalastair :: Sunset
Sunset at Dunalastair Water, Scotland
Isle of Skye :: Quiraing
A couple of hours of sunshine in a week of snow, sleet and heavy rain.