Hermitage Castle, standing lonely and isolated in the Scottish Borders, has haunted me since I visited it as a boy. The grim, heavy aspect of the place is matched only by the horrendous tales of torture and violence that have soaked into its dour walls. I intended producing some work that visually reflected this troubled history...
However, my visit in August 2016 was on one of the fairest summer days that the Borders had produced in years! The brooding atmosphere of the place being greatly diminished, I decided to look for an alternative angle on Hermitage. My answer was to frame a delightful view from the ruined chapel a few hundred yards away - the stonework of the old, blank lancet windows is enlivened by a myriad of lichens of many hues and colours...Hermitage sits in serene splendour, its dark history lightened - temporarily - by the beauty of its Border setting.
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