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Old Penicuik House
One of my favourite things about going to historical buildings is that I feel like I’m going into a fantasy – like a kid going into their favourite storybook.
Stairs that stop and go nowhere, walls with green growing out of it. Structures and forms folding away and hints of pathways that people would have walked hundreds of years ago. You take a dream-like approach. You imagine walking up the stairs rather than attempting it.
The keyhole shape sort of presented itself. I lay on my back and shot the stairs, the birds, the walls and the blue sky. Sir Robert, custodian of the house, came out and spoke to me about my work and what I was up to. He and his colleague helped guide me round the building which was under-going a lot of repair and was basically a work site.
I walked through the centre and found this tower space. I felt like a playful child full of excitement and knew I was in the right place.
Midlothian-Old Penicuik House Damian Shields 2014
Images © Scottish Civic Trust, shown courtesy of Damian Shields Client: Scottish Civic Trust