Welcome to Topofly, the aerial photography and visualisation portfolio of Dr Kieran Baxter
I am an aerial photographer, digital media practitioner and researcher at the University of Dundee. My interest is in finding novel and creative ways of using aerial and digital technologies to visualise landscapes, and the stories that they have to tell. In 2017 I completed a practice-based PhD in the creative application of aerial photography and digital visualisation for landscape heritage. My short film "The Caterthuns" won the 2016 AHRC Research in Film doctoral award. Since then my research has taken me to the dynamic glacial landscapes of Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park.
My aerial photographs can be explored on my portfolio page
and short film outcomes can be watched on my showreel page
. Written outcomes are accessible on my publications page
. I am always keen to discus ideas and hear any comments or feedback so please also feel free to contact me.
The Caterthuns film
The Caterthuns are the site of two prehistoric hillforts perched on the periphery of the Grampian Mountains in Angus, Scotland. To climb these monuments is the best way to experience a landscape shaped by thousands of years of changing culture, and yet to witness the full complexity and scale of the hillforts requires a view from the air.
This film was produced during PhD research by Kieran Baxter which explored how aerial photography and creative visualisation technologies could be used to connect the archaeological interpretation of ancient monuments with the evocative landscapes of which they form part. This PhD was conducted at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Historic Environment Scotland and supervision from Prof Nigel Johnson, Dr John McGhee, Prof Chris Rowland and Prof Elaine Shemilt.
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