image: Gunnie Moberg D135-2-442
Gunnie Moberg’s photography can be read as a love letter to the Orkney landscape, in this one Gunnie signs off with a huge stone X. This image of a sheep fort appears in Gunnie’s 1979 Stone Built book. She took the photograph from the air with pilot Andy Alsop, the shape reminding her of her husband Tam’s sculptures.
image: Gunnie Moberg c. 1979. ‘A Bucht, Mainland Orkney. A shelter protecting sheep from the winds blowing in every direction.’ – From Stone Built
Recently we were scanning some of Gunnie later slides of sheep shelters, strange stone shapes like codes written across the land. In the days before cars, before farmers saw the sheep sheltering potential of a field abandoned ford, stone walls were built for animals to lean up against on a blowy day. Could this circular enclosure be a bucht or a pund?
image: Gunnie Moberg D135-2-467
image: Gunnie Moberg D135-2-437
image: Gunnie Moberg D135-2-466
Please get in contact if you know where these structures are.
If you enjoy stone structures, there is still a chance to see Gunnie Moberg’s exhibition ‘3 Stone Lines’ at Orkney Library and Archive. The show is to be extended until Monday 9 December.