‘He had Edinburgh at his feet, but who would be by his side?’
In 1843, Edinburgh artist, David Octavius Hill meets Robert Adamson from St Andrews and an iconic partnership is born. Hill is a popular, charismatic figure in the art world. Adamson is a technical genius in the new science of photography. The magic they create with their camera soon makes them the darlings of society. In the Blink of an Eye is a re-imagining of Hill’s life in the words of those who sat for him.
After a degree in Classics from St Andrews University, Ali Bacon worked in Oxford’s Bodleian Library where she discovered a cache of famous Victorian photographs. So began a life-long interest in early photography. After a career as an academic librarian, Kettle of Fish, was published in 2012 by Thornberry. In the Blink of an Eye combines her interests in fiction and photography. Ali now lives in Bristol where she writes and performs her work at live events.
“Poignant and charged with hope”
– Vanessa Gebbie, author and judge of Evesham Festival Short Story Prize 2017 (Chapter 3, The Bird of Wax)
“That moment of dawning self-consciousness, so delicately rendered, yet so resonant … just knocked my socks off”
– Nick Bellorini, photography publisher and judge of Magic Oxygen Prize 2017 (Chapter 6, Silver Harvest)