These pieces of pottery that I’ve stacked into a cairn washed up on the rocky shore of Shieldaig, a tiny village in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.
It’s a place with a landscape and history that inspire poetry and creativity in varied forms … like this photograph. As I collected the pieces of broken pottery with edges smoothed by the sea, I was stacking them in my mind, then on one hand, and then on a dock, already seeing the photograph I would make when I got them back home to my studio in Colorado.
“Cairn,” by the way, is a Scottish word. Usually stones stacked (rather than the pottery I’m using here), cairns have been used for many reasons since ancient times: landmarks to guide travelers, monuments to the dead, markers for cached resources (e.g. food).
“Pottery (Sea Worn)” is part of my series of UnReverence photographs.
8×10" print (image: 6" x 8"; white border: 1")
Printed on matte fine art paper with subtle watercolor texture (200 gsm)