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In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

Author(s): Ali Bacon

Location(s): Edinburgh, Dundee/St Andrews

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): 19th Century

He had Edinburgh at his feet, but who would be by his side?

In 1843, Edinburgh artist David Octavius Hill is commissioned to paint the portraits of 400 ministers of the new Free Church. Only when he meets Robert Adamson, an early master of the new and fickle art of photography, does this daunting task begin to look feasible.

Hill is soon bewitched by the art of light and shade. He and Adamson become the darlings of Edinburgh society, immortalising people and places with their subtle and artistic images.

In the Blink of an Eye is a re-imagining of Hill’s life in the words of those who were beguiled by his artistry and charismatic charm. Tender, tragic and sometimes humorous, these voices come together in a story of art and science, love and loss, friendship and photography.

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