With love from us to you

With St Valentine’s Day around the corner the McAteer Photo team got chatting about the ‘L word’.

 

We’re all big romantics at heart (even if we don’t care to admit it) and when we were thinking about what we’ve photographed that would symbolise love we came up with some weird and wonderful suggestions, from synthetic heart valves that we photographed for a life sciences shoot at Vascutek to heart shaped cakes and tarts for Europe’s largest sugar producer, Sudzuker and the body of St Valentine (literally) that we photographed this week for Scotland is Now to accompany their Love Scotland campaign social media posts (btw, the relics can be found in a Franciscan church in Glasgow’s Gorbals if you’re interested in a wee romatic (?) trip with your loved one).

 

But we all agree, perhaps the most enchanting notions linked to our photos involve the great romantic coupling of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald whose buildings, furniture, artworks and textiles are rife with symbolism celebrating the sentiment of love – both their shared love of nature as well as their love for each other.

 

There’s no doubt that these two were so much in love, sticking together through very hard times. Mackintosh’s letters to Margaret, written around 1927 after they moved to France penniless, were known and published as ‘The Chronycle’. In one of the letters he writes, “You must remember that in all of my architectural effort you have been the half, if not three quarters of them.”

 

Charles – you’re such a romantic. Sigh…..

House of the Art Lover, Glasgow | By McAteer Photo

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Country house, arts centre and cafe, built based on unrealised designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh | by McAteer Photo

Heart detail, House for an Art Lover

Heart-shaped glass details, Mackintosh House | By McAteer Photo

Heart glass details, Mackintosh House

Rose details, Mackintosh House | McAteer Photo

Rose details, Mackintosh House

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, The White Rose and the Red Rose, 1902, painted gesso, glass and shell | By McAteer Photo

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, The White Rose and the Red Rose, 1902, painted gesso, glass and shell

details, House of the Art lover | By McAteer Photo

Rose detail, House for an Art Lover

Interior details, Mackintosh House | McAteer Photo

Interior detail, Mackintosh House

Rose mosaic, House for an Art Lover | By McAteer Photo

Rose mosaic, House for an Art Lover

Dining room, House for an Art Lover | By McAteer Photo

Dining room, House for an Art Lover

Dining room, House for an Art Lover | By McAteer photo

Dining room, House for an Art Lover

Lock, Mackintosh House | by McAteer Photo

Heart lock, Mackintosh House

Bird details, Mackintosh House | By McAteer Photo

Bird details, Mackintosh House

Queens Cross Church, Glasgow | By McAteer photo

Queens Cross Church, Glasgow

chancel details, Queens Cross Church | By McAteer Photo

Chancel detail, Queens Cross Church

Church Hall, Queens Cross Church | By McAteer Photo

Church Hall, Queens Cross Church