Saturday, February 20, 2010


Dramatic lighting effects the other day...

Back inside and washing the farm (it's important to keep a clean farm, you know...)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Lots of exciting photo things have been going on, starting with getting a picture on the cover of "Fama" the Spanish translation of Daniel Kehlmann's latest novel.

As well as this, Salt Publishing are using one of my photos of Matthew Sweeney on the jacket of his new book. They're a small, independent publisher and have a lot of interesting books - I've recently been reading Mark Waldron's "The Brand New Dark", Abi Curtis's "Unexpected Weather" and Tom Pow's "Dear Alice - narratives of madness".

Last, but not least, Irish folk band Morgain, from Switzerland, are using a pic of Donny in the sleeve notes of their new CD "Café Europa" which features their song settings of several of his poems.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Basalt Poetry

Look to the living...
Originally uploaded by chrisdonia
The Scottish Poetry Library did their best to get everyone through the tacky horror that is Valentine's Day. (I've put in a request for them to do Dumbarton Castle next...)

Night Ferry

A whole host of ferry photos before the poor bloody thing vanishes and we all have to swim across to visit folk on the other side of the river (fortunately it's not too wide at that point...):

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


I am currently besotted with the Strandbeests of Dutch engineer/inventor Theo Jansen. They're made out of lightweight plastic piping and walk along the shore using wind power, turning back if they run into either waves or loose sand. (There was a clip of a longer documentary where he mentioned something about them helping to keep the sand in the dunes, and therefore the sea out of the Netherlands, but I'm not sure if I've got that right). Anyway, here's a video of some in action:

Aren't they fantastic? More information over at

Friday, February 05, 2010

The Molindiner

A cunningly named restaurant on Saracen Street in Possil (click here for explanation...)