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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

New website on the way

By |2017-03-13T11:46:49+01:00April 8th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

newwebsite

The website has been due a redesign for quite some time now, but the problem has always been finding a new design that met all the requirements.

Just recently i found the perfect theme to help address a few issues that were becoming more noticeable as time went on. The biggest of these was the fact that the current site is not responsive and mobile friendly, which the new site most certainly will be.  Also the theme’s developer has abandoned any support of the theme which has caused some problems over the last couple of years.

Work will start on the redesign of the website towards the end of this month and will carry on into May with the website being unavailable for around a week to ten days. A few new sections are planned and other areas will be expanded. More news soon.

A Stone’s Throw

By |2018-04-09T19:35:49+01:00July 27th, 2014|Categories: Featured Gallery, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , |


A Stone’s Throw | Tintype styled landscape and still-life photography.

This photography project uses a coloured tintype visual style and explores the local roads and fields around the North Yorkshire countryside, with the images shot within two miles of my former home.

Several of the images include locations that, though very close to home, I had never visited before even though i’d lived in that area for over 35 years. The phrase ‘a stone’s throw‘ refers to the short distances involved.

The tintype photo process, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, dates back to the Victorian era, being at its most popular during the 1860′s and 1870′s. The original Victorian process used several highly toxic ingredients including potassium cyanide as a fixer. These images were, however, taken using an iPhone and the Hipstamatic photography app.

More details about the Tintype photo process can be found HERE

[The images are best viewed with the gallery in full screen mode]

Winter Website Updates

By |2018-06-20T11:48:53+01:00January 16th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Commando memorial at Spearn Bridge, Highlands

The Commando memorial at Spearn Bridge, Highlands

As usual with the start of a new year it means that the websites get some extra attention and have an early spring clean. I’ve already been through the main photography blog and tidied up various aspects of the site. Old links have been removed and a few design issues have been corrected. As i stated on the blog not long ago, this year i do intend to blog more after noting the rather low number of posts for 2012.

The portfolio section of this website is also in line for a few tweaks with the Speedway gallery to receive more work during the next few weeks. Last year i updated the Territorial Army gallery to include new images and produce a definitive final version of the project. It is my intention to do exactly the same for the Speedway project to complete that gallery on the website and bring the final tally of images to over forty. Other galleries will also see new work added included the recently added Scotland project that will continue this year. The gallery, which is very much a work-in-progress, will have new images added to it throughout 2013.

The final site to get updates will be the Photography Print Shop where a new sales format is to be introduced after parting with the FOTOMOTO e-commerce engine. All sales are now handled by me personally with an excellent series of professional print artwork options being made available. The winter will see me set up a simple pricing structure before adding a wider range of print finishes later in the year.

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