Where Medieval Architecture meets Modern Digital Imaging
Portals of Stone
Digital Photoart by Paul Schatzkin
It all started unexpectedly in the spring of 2013, when I was privileged to accompany a troupe of Celtic musicians on a pilgrimage to sacred sites in the United Kingdom. I spent two weeks touring The Borders region of southern Scotland, driving through a stark but verdant landscape – and relying on the GPS unit on my dashboard for navigation.
There's no way I could have conducted an expedition like this without GPS. Trying to read maps and drive on the 'wrong' side of the road would have been entirely too daunting to handle by myself. So there I was, faithfully relying on the GPS unit when suddenly...
...Uh, I don't think the GPS is gonna be much good in another mile or so...
I did not fully appreciate what I had discovered on the trip in 2013 until I got back to my computer and started processing the files.
That's when I first discovered these "Portals of Stone."
What struck me about these images is the confluence of times. We start from our vantage point vantage point here in the 21st century, gazing upon ruins that have stood for centuries; when the portals open, we are looking at light that has been traveling across the cosmos for millennia.
Once I had discovered the unseen marvels hidden within these ancient sites, I was determined to return to the UK to see what else I could find. In October, 2014, I made just such an expedition, flying across the Atlantic again for the express, singular purpose of finding more of these "portals." I spent another two weeks amid the ruins in southern Scotland and Northern England, finding many more worthy additions to the series.
These images are offered to fine art collectors in a variety formats and sizes - framed, canvas wraps, calendars, greeting cards, mouse pads, etc.
They also make "wallpaper" for your 21st century digital devices, and those are free....
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June's other offering - formatted for you computer desktop, comes from Beauly Priory in the Scottish Highlands. The whole project really started here in the fall of 2012... I did not have as much time at this location as I wanted, and I recall thinking as I drove away, "I have to come back here by myself..."
Which I did... about 6 months later...
Once you've gone through the drill and subscribed to the list, that's all there is to it. Every month you'll get an e-mail message with a link to a new set of files. And if fate is kind, I'll be back to the UK again sometime later this year took for some more new Portals of Stone...