About Raking Light
Raking Light is a technique to shine light obliquely across a surface to reveal texture and detail.
Raking Light illuminates long hidden images and text from centuries past.
Raking Light lets silent walls speak in the voices of ordinary people from long ago.
Raking Light has been set up to provide a searchable resource for enthusiasts and researchers of historic graffiti and ritual protection marks. In fact, if it’s old and inscribed on plaster, stone, wood or any other surface you can think of, we’re interested in it, and we hope you will be too. The site is run by Linda Wilson and Anthea Hawdon, who are both passionate about the subject. Raking Light will contain site reports with extensive picture galleries providing as many examples of graffiti and other marks as possible. The geographical range will mainly cover the UK and France, where we spend most of our time, but nowhere is off limits as long as it has something of interest to us.
Our aim is to create an extensive library of material for anyone with an interest in this fast-developing area of research. We hope you will visit often and find the material of use and interest. One of our aims is to follow in the footsteps of pioneers GG Coulton and Violet Pritchard and revisit the sites they recorded using modern lighting and photography.
We would be delighted to host reports of visits by other people to places of interest, and if you would like to get in contact we’d love to hear from you.
You can find some more information about us below:
Anthea and Linda