November 6, 2019

Have we lost sight of the small things?

Andy Thornton, 67 | Marjie Thornton, 67

In recent times Scotland has experienced a massive rise in visitor numbers, fuelled by films, T.V series and the lure of life-changing experiences. Visitors, managed and directed, are encouraged to work through a tick list of locations and activities.

As a result, many places in Scotland, the rural parts especially, are presented as wilderness areas, theme parks, even race-tracks.

The economic benefits are counter-balanced by the strain put on local communities and their infrastructure. The situation, unchecked, is likely to become unsustainable.

Perhaps taking a different tack, an encouragement to visitors to engage with the “small” things, is a viable and positive alternative. Gaining an understanding of the very foundations of a country – its flora and fauna, its language and sounds – might lead to a growing appreciation of its very essence – its history, culture and people.

Consequently our work encourages that engagement, highlighting the often by-passed and overlooked.

The wonder of a mini microclimate, the magical juxtapositions that our environment throws together.

The sound of moving waters in burns named by location, Allt na Craoibh Uinnsinn, Allt Coire Mheall Challuim and Allt na Luinn.

The “small” things – to discover, to explore, to pause and think about.

Audio Recording & Photography