Artist turns lens on Dunnottar Woods

David Officer launched the project at the Feein Market at the weekend
David Officer launched the project at the Feein Market at the weekend

Stonehaven artist David Officer has launched an exciting new project to create an intimate portrait of Dunnottar Woods.

‘If You Go Down to the Woods Today…’ will see David using photography, timelapse, sound recording and video to explore the people and wildlife that use the woods over the course of a full year.

To help the project happen, a crowdfunding page has been setup allowing members of the public to pledge their support in return for a variety of rewards such as signed prints, postcards, CDs and a special handmade book.

This isn’t the first major project the local artist has undertaken. In 2013, David raised funds through another crowdfunding campaign to record and release a record inspired by the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration”. That campaign led to a commission from the Fram museum in Oslo and a performance in front of the King and Prime Minister of Norway. David’s hoping for more local recognition this time round: “I’ve lived in or near Stonehaven all my life and have always had a connection to Dunnottar Woods.

“I want to explore what the woods mean to people in Stonehaven, as well as creating a portrait of the wildlife that lives there. I hope that people back the project and follow the updates as it progresses. I’d also like to speak to any local businesses who might be interested in sponsorship. This is a great chance for us to document some of our local living history, and I’d love it if the town felt they wanted to support that.”

To find out more about the project visit the crowdfunding site at: and more of David’s work can be seen at

Anyone interested in sharing stories of the woods or getting involved in other ways can contact