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New Edinburgh Photos for Book

By |2019-04-26T18:43:03+01:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Piper’s Audience – Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

The final images for the Seven Hills book were shot during a visit to a very wet Edinburgh in early April. I got wet and the camera got very wet too. A worrying moment was had when a bit of water poured out of the front of my 35mm lens. Fortunately, it was water from the front of the filter rather than inside the lens. The rain just added that extra challenge.

The street photography images shot that day fill in a few gaps with regard to geography and subject matter. Overall I’m rather pleased with what I got during my short time there. The level of tourists meant that I could work pretty much without being noticed. Everyone had a camera! The only concern was making sure the camera and lens were dried regularly.

A favourite shot from the day is The Piper’s Audience taken along the Royal Mile at Lawnmarket. I’d taken some shots earlier but found them unusable due to rainwater on the filter. After removing the filter I went back a couple of minutes later to grab the image seen above. The line of people, most of whom seem to be taking or checking a photograph, tell their own story.

The book now goes into the final stages of adding and editing text. I am tempted to slightly delay the release of the book until November. This new date would fit in easier with work plans plus it would also mark four years since the book’s first images were shot in November 2015.

Upcoming Norfolk Photozine

By |2019-05-21T13:12:33+01:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Book Updates

Last month I mentioned two new books that are currently in the works. Progress has continued regarding the images added to Edinburgh: Seven Hills which now includes several images shot in 2015. A final set of images will be shot on the next visit to Edinburgh in April.

The photographs for The Two Towns are in place and only the text for the introduction is required. After some work put in over the weekend, the image credits have been added for the majority of the images. Cover art has also been completed and I’m very happy with how the book is looking.

Norfolk Photo Zine

As a result of the new book designs, a new photo zine has been added to the current new book design list.

Using the working title of ‘Caught by the Tide’ the photo zine will contain nineteen photographs shot during a quickly arranged week-long trip to the county of Norfolk. The visit was a final holiday for my mother after her terminal cancer diagnosis earlier that summer. The title reflects the feeling at the time of being swept along with no power over events.

The zine images are in place and all that now remains is the text for the introduction and image credits. The photo zine marks the third and final book to contain iPhone photography take over the last four years. I’ll be talking more about the zine in the upcoming March podcast.

Release Dates

The photo zine will be released in the next couple of months. The release dates for the other two books remain mid and late summer 2019.

Photography Books in Development

By |2019-05-21T13:34:08+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.

Getting into Line

By |2017-03-13T11:46:50+01:00May 14th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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A family return to their car – Staffin, Skye

The last few weeks have seen some tough decisions taken with regard to the layout and design of the Scotland book. Something just didn’t look right and for quite a while i couldn’t figure out quite what the problem was even though the April deadline for a release was looming.

Eventually it became clear that it was the narrative of the book that was wrong and so, with some trepidation, i decided to make some large changes to the narrative, layout and order of the images which has resulted in a better looking book… but also a larger one. Originally i planned to have a maximum of 100 pages , however, the current book design has 164 pages boosted by some newly added photography. In one afternoon i managed to advance further than i had in several weeks, such is the way that the creative process ebbs and flows.

The text for the book will be influenced from a number of reading sources. The landscape and history of the Scottish Highlands are firmly entwined and a wonderful book  by the author J.J Bell called ‘The Glory of Scotland‘, has been especially influential. Published in 1932, the book remains an entertaining, if slightly dated, guide to the land and people of Scotland, and yet much of J.J Bell’s writing still holds true today. The outdated elements add a certain charm to the reading though. One beautifully written section dealing with the ferry over to Skye advises ‘if you have a car it is well to wire “stationmaster, Kyle of Lochalsh”  in advance‘. I must remember to telegram ahead on my next visit.

So the book now has a provisional release date of late June. This has been a tough project so far but it needs to be 100% right and i would rather delay to get something right than rush and regret later.  After all, the book will be on the shelf to act as a constant reminder.

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