“Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.” Ian Rankin
‘in eden Edinburgh, centred on the rock
our city with your seven hills and heavens’ To Edinburgh’ by Valerie Gills
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most beautiful cities, ‘a dream in masonry and living rock’ perched upon ancient crags, with the medieval maze of the Old Town gazing across verdant gardens to the Georgian elegance of the New Town.
The description above comes from a guidebook but beautifully sums up the appeal of visiting Edinburgh. It is, and will probably always remain, one of my favourite cities in the UK and I’m fortunate that it is only around 1hr 30 mins train ride away from where I live. Close enough for a good day trip out.
The gallery includes quite a lot of candid street photography, an area of photography I’d like to explore more, with the bus commuter images being my favourites. The images were taken in the rush hour from the window of the apartment I was staying in on Princes Street where traffic lights regularly stop bus traffic – cars are not allowed along the street. The harsh light from the bus and other sources just add to the isolation.
The level of detachment from the other passengers fascinated me. The passengers seem to care little for interaction with other passengers, with mobile phones, mp3 players, Kindle books, newspapers or just staring out the window helping to pass the time on the journey. Surrounded by people, and yet acknowledging no one, they continue on their journey home. It’s something I’d like to explore further and I certainly intend doing more street photography of the bus commuters at a later date.
Calton Hill provided quite a few good images when I visited one icy afternoon. The wind cut through you like a knife but the tourists were there in droves taking selfies or admiring the Edinburgh landscape. The National Monument of Scotland especially seems to draw quite a few people for family photographs and photos for Facebook. My visit to Calton Hill was initially to look for a photo location that I’d heard about – the view looking down Princes Street was taken at that location – but Calton Hill is very popular and I managed to get some great street photography images. The featured photograph at the top of this post was taken just a few footsteps from the viewing area looking down Princes Street.
The photographs in this gallery form part of the Scotland: Lowlands, Highlands and Islands project.
My 2015 Edinburgh photography called ‘The Two Towns’ can be found HERE