This intimate postcard portfolio is inspired by George MacKay Brown’s poem, Beachcomber. Wry and symbolic, Beachcomber is typical of Brown’s work. It’s a poem about place (specifically Orkney), about the passing of time and about mortality, but it is also a poem about closely observing the ordinary things that surround us and reading the stories uncovered by the details of these things when we take the time to look.
For this collection of images I took Brown’s “looking closely” ethos as a creative prompt, deriving inspiration from the uninspiring and reading the narrative in the objects I encountered whilst stravaigin along Hebridean beaches. The project asks, with a touch of humour, as photographers, if we look closely, do we ever get nothing?
The portfolio consists of ten A6 postcards (approx. 105mm x 148mm) and an authorised reproduction of Brown's poem. The postcards are printed on a heavyweight velvet finish card to give a rich matt black finish and are presented in an embossed string and button envelope. The Ootlier 4 postcard portfolio is a strictly limited edition of 50, each signed by the photographer, Tom Barr.