If we had lived 400 years ago, any of us could have been among the 3,000 people executed for witchcraft in Scotland. If we were single, or a widow, or too old to bear children. If we had skills in midwifery or herbalism in competition with professional physicians. If we had a big mouth, or were a troublemaker. Owned a plot of land that one of our neighbours wanted. Or looked at the Witch-Finder General the wrong way.
Perthshire women – and men – put on the black cape and imagine themselves as witches. They are captured in silver by a Victorian camera in a series of “tintype” portraits, taken by photographer James Millar at a pop-up studio in Handam Refill Shop, Aberfeldy, from 11-15 September 2023.