This short computer generated film by Kieran Baxter tells the story of settlement at Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands. The film is based on aerial photographs taken from a kite-suspended camera with special permission for kite flying in such close proximity to Sumburgh Airport. The project was supported by Historic Scotland, who manage the site, and completed at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Speculative reconstructions of lost buildings are based on kite aerial photographs from a number of other sites across Scotland - including Mousa Broch - and were completed in collaboration with Alice Watterson, Glasgow School of Art. The film is now on display in the museum at Jarlshof where it can be seen to full effect accompanied by an exploration of the site itself.

More about the story behind the project, and the kite aerial photography which informed it can be found here: topofly.com/jarlshof

Footage of the kite aerial photography in action can be seen here: vimeo.com/kieranbaxter/themakingofjarlshof

More of my kite aerial photographs of prehistoric sites across Scotland can be seen here: topofly.com/gallery

Please explore and thanks for your interest!

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