Tait is based in the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland.
After taking a BSc in Genetics in Edinburgh, he did a PhD in Biochemistry
in Aberdeen, followed by postdoctoral time at Gif sur Yvette in
read French and Italian in Aberdeen, followed by a DipEd, and
taught French and a little Italian at Kirkwall Grammar School,
as well as being a Guidance Teacher. She was forced to take early
returement in 2000 and now lives separately.
to Orkney in 1977 "for a few months" the family is still there.
Magnus studied Chemistry at Edinburgh University, and is currently
working in the photography and publishing business with Charles.
He has had two extended visits to the US and Japan to visit Wendy
and family in Oregon, Thorf in Japan and Alaska with his grandfather.
is studied English also at Edinburgh and has spent the last five
years in Akita, Japan (See Thorfinn's
site). He spent three years on the JET programme, teaching English
as an Assistant Language Teacher, and is now a self-employed English
teacher. In April 2005 he married, Kika who is a dance and aerobics
has developed his passion for photography into a business, and
now travels far and wide in search of new images. The publishing
and photo library aspects of the business have come to the fore
in recent years, especially with the publication of many postcards
and calendars plus the new Third edition
of the Orkney Guide Book.
He is very keen on landscape, seacape and nature photography,
especially of islands. The Picture
Library of course includes all sorts of commercial subjects
as well. Originally a Kodachrome fan (and still one), he moved
to Fuki Velvia 6x7 or 645, although 5x4 and 70mm panoramics were
also often shot.
was restricted to wildlife, backups and difficult situations.
Computers have been a major interest ever since he bought his
first Commodore 64. Since 2002 virtually no film has been
used, especially after a Nikon D2X was acquired in 2005.
are a Tait family obsession, and the family motorboat "Shaalder"
will be 60 in 2008. She allows visits to the 60 or so uninhabited
islands in our archipelago. Sailing is of course another great
interest, now usually charter trips to places like St Kilda, Rona,
Sula Sgeir and similar remote islands.
very short summer season in Orkney makes boating difficult as
we are so busy in these short months (which have long hours of
daylight). However we now have marina in Kirkwall which greatly
Magnus and Thorfinn
Kika & Thorfinn
and Thorfinn (and now Kika) have for long been very keen on computer
games which seem to take up much leisure time. Magnus is also
a wizard at fixing and building PCs so our array of machines were
all set up by him.
the biggest problem is storing and backing up our many thousands
of digital images and scans of slides. Most of our business in
now the publication of these images ourseleves, but many find
uses in books, brochures, adverts, websites and magazines.