By 2030, it is estimated that Europe will lose one third of its population – the greatest demographic change since the Black Death. Rural areas are predictably most affected by an ageing population and a lowering birthrate. Consequently, many villages throughout Europe are approaching what we might call “the end game”. In 2007 and 2008, with the aid of a Creative Scotland Award from the Scottish Arts Council, I set out to discover what such a Europe might look like. I followed a rough wayfarer's arc to Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and Russia, visiting areas where depopulation was most severe. Sites of Loss is drawn from the visual record of the landscapes I passed through and of the resilient villagers who still live in them.