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Photography Books in Development

By |2019-02-27T23:26:14+01:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s been a while since I released a photography book with my first book Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ coming out way back in 2011. Since then there have been a couple of books in the works about Norfolk and Scotland (and they still remain works in progress!) however, recently I decided that 2019 was going to have a book release. No! Let’s make that two book releases!

Unfortunately, I injured my back at the end of January which has affected my mobility and also been incredibly painful. Fortunately, I’m over the worst and starting to recover, but it will probably take a few more weeks of rest to get to the stage where I can go running my eight-mile route again.

I’ve always like to get something positive out of a bad situation so I’ve decided to create a couple of photography books looking at two recent projects set in Edinburgh. The first book will contain images from ‘The Two Townsproject shot on an iPhone around Edinburgh in November 2015.

The Two Towns photography was pretty raw and improvised but I liked the strong visual style of the images. That project also has fond memories for me as it was the last trip away I had with both my parents. Sadly within just over a year of the images being taken, my mother died from cancer after a tough six month battle with the disease. The Two Towns book will be dedicated to my Mum.

The second book uses the recent colour images of the last couple of years shot in Edinburgh using a regular camera. The photographs have been edited for the book, however, a trip to Edinburgh is planned for late April this year, so a few more images will be shot especially for the book during that visit. I’ll also take another look through the colour images shot in 2015.

The release dates for both books is still to be decided but I’d like book one to be released by June with the second arriving slightly later in the year. The images have been edited and the layouts are largely in place for The Two Towns. The next task is finishing the text that I intend spending some time getting right. I’m intentionally keeping the design of the books very simple.

Both books will contain a maximum of 80 pages with captioning on the left page and the image on the right. A classic photography book style. After a long gap from making books, I don’t want to over complicate the design process. So far I’m pleased with the clean layout designs and how the photography appears on the pages.

The books will available via Blurb in eBook, softcover and hardback editions.

More news and details coming soon.

Edinburgh: Seven Hills

By |2019-04-19T11:15:48+01:00April 8th, 2018|Categories: Featured Gallery, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , , |



“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

The Two Towns

By |2019-02-26T23:25:17+01:00January 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Gallery, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , |


SCOTLAND | Edinburgh: The Two Towns

In his book ‘The Glory of Scotland’, first published in 1932, the author J.J Bell eloquently describes arriving in Edinburgh via the railway :

‘Emerging from either of the stations, you find yourself standing with To-day and Yesterday on the broad pavement of the present, looking up at a panorama of the past’

Over eighty years later, that description still rings true as you emerge into the modern commercial hustle and bustle of Princes Street from Waverley railway station. The Christmas market (complete with a big wheel and the whirling ‘Star Flyer’ ride) which takes place from late November through to New Year, also brings in the crowds to what is an already impressive high street.

Above the new town sits the old town, Royal Mile and Edinburgh castle – a reminder of Edinburgh’s history and turbulent past. (more…)

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