Certain ideas and people have been returned to over time. Family, relationships, bonds. The subject here is my niece, who I photographed several times as she grew up.

Sometimes a photograph has more meaning for the photographer; that is both the beauty and the weakness within the medium. This is one such case of that. For the viewer it is just a girl and a stone. For me it is much more.

I grew up in Dunblane and when the news of the school shooting came out I knew my niece and nephew were at risk. I was phoning from Edinburgh and at first didn't know which school was involved (primary or high) and then I couldn't remember if my niece was still in her final year at primary or not. After several hours I knew they were safe. Although my immediate family were not effected, so many in Dunblane were. It is a horror I still find hard to contemplate.

Not long after I went up to Dunblane and photographed my niece. We wandered about chatting then I took this photo. So it is a girl and a stone but for me it's a little bit more.