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Friday, June 18, 2010 

Edwin Morgan

Edwin Morgan, originally uploaded by Alex Boyd.

"Professor Edwin Morgan OBE is a well known face in Scotland as he is the nation's first Makar (Poet Laureate).

The Glaswegian-born poet will celebrate his 90th Birthday in April, and last week I had the chance to take his portrait for an upcoming biography "Beyond the Last Dragon" by fellow poet and former Glasgow University lecturer James McGonigal.

It is hard for me to articulate how much of a fan of Edwin Morgan's work I am, and as I've often mentioned many times the "Sonnet's from Scotland" photography project is named after one of his early collections of poetry. His words had a profound effect on my understanding of what it means to belong to this part of the world, and I've spent many happy hours sitting quietly reading through his numerous collections of poetry, not to mention his translations of classics such as Beowulf.

This is the first of many images from what was a very quick shoot. Assistance, teaching, expert knowledge (and equipment!) provided by Neale Smith, who kept me right as my nerves started to get a hold of me.

This photo is an early edit, and was inspired by two shots - this photograph of Edwin Morgan in his younger days and this image of Thomas Carlyle."

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