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The Two Towns

By |2020-03-11T21:11:21+00:00January 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Gallery, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , |


Edinburgh: The Two Towns | Street Photography and Landscape

The Two Towns is an Edinburgh iPhone photography project shot in late 2015. The start of the project started, rather spookily, in a similar fashion to a visit described by an author over 85 years ago in a Scottish travel guidebook from the 1930s. The book had been purchased a couple of years before from a roadside bric-a-brac shop on Skye.

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’

J.J Bell – The Glory of Scotland

Exiting Waverley

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. This is the new town.

In November of 2015, I was arriving in Edinburgh for the first time in nearly twenty-five years, the purpose of the visit being the wonderful Christmas market. 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. The sound of people, classic Christmas pop hits booming out, the smells of food and the sheer numbers of people walking along the street almost overwhelmed the senses.

The One o'clock Gun - edinburgh iphone photography from The Two Towns

The One Oclock Gun

Above the new town sits the old town, Royal Mile and Edinburgh castle – a reminder of Edinburgh’s history and turbulent past. In 1745, the Jacobites under the leadership of Bonnie Prince Charlie captured Edinburgh but failed to take the castle. The castle’s garrison continued to take pot-shots at any passing Jacobite rebel during the entire time Edinburgh was under the Jacobite rule.

These days the only ‘shots’ come from tourist cameras and the one o’clock gun, an L118 field gun fired by the district gunner and used to signal the time to the city. Originally it was started to help the ships anchored offshore keep correct time. The ship’s clock was essential for accurate navigation back in the 19th century. The ships may have long gone but the tradition for sounding the time remains.

The Ghost Bus

Given Edinburgh’s rich history, it should come as no surprise that there is a rich ghost trail culture in the city. I counted four trails that could be signed up to during my visit and I’m sure there are more.

One I didn’t miss was the Edinburgh Ghost Bus tour that combined the theatre, ghost stories and a bus journey. It is one of the best journeys I’ve ever taken. Comedy is the key ingredient with just a wee measure of horror to create a scary journey. I got ‘attacked’ by a haunted curtain! On the bus was a creepy conductor called Jasper who acted as a spooky guide.

I did manage to get a portrait of Jasper, who thankfully actively encouraged photography during the trip around Edinburgh. The portrait though was not easy to get. The bus was moving, it was dark and the lighting on the 1960’s era double-decker bus was not particularly great. Of the three images, only one turned out without motion blur. I believe that was down to timing and Jasper standing still. You may have noticed in the photo that he seems to have noticed me taking the photo and posed!

Technical Details

All of the images were taken using an iPhone – probably one of the best devices for taking street photos. The images are largely displayed in the order they were taken in. As for the monochrome style, the images were taken using the Hipstamatic app using a filter set first used for Sea, Sky, Sand and Street. I do like the gritty visual style but it does contain that element of danger of being overused. Like so many filters in photography.

Whilst taking the monochrome files off the iPhone I found the original colour files had also been saved on the camera. Several have been posted on my Instagram feed.

Related Galleries

The Two Towns photography is an offshoot of the Scotland: Lowlands, Highlands and Islands project.

Also take a look at the gallery for the Edinburgh: Seven Hills project HERE

Book Offer during June and July

By |2017-03-13T11:46:51+00:00June 22nd, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Crab Fishing: Wells-Next-The-Sea

It’s hard to believe, but it is nearly a year since I started work on Sea, Sky, Sand and Street.  How times flies!

To celebrate the first anniversary of the project, the book (currently available to buy on Blurb) will be reduced starting from June 23rd to 9th July marking a year to the day, the sixteen day shoot in Norfolk.

For more details about the project and the link to purchase the book, check out the photobook section of the website, or go to the recently updated featured photography page for a detailed look at the Sea, Sky, Sand and Street project and the extended gallery.

Single Images

By |2020-01-29T14:54:18+00:00January 22nd, 2012|Categories: Featured Gallery, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , |



EDITORIAL AND DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY | Single Images

Collection of single images featuring documentary and editorial photography by Richard Flint Photography

Sea, Sky, Sand and Street

By |2020-03-10T12:39:19+00:00July 14th, 2011|Categories: Featured Gallery, Photobook, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Sea, Sky, Sand and Street | Landscape and Street Photography Book

Originally created as a PDF book, for an online photo project, this gallery features an extended gallery of 115 images shot for the Sea, Sky, Sand and Street iPhone photography book released in the summer of 2011.

This extended gallery contains photographs not featured in the book, edited down from the 400 images taken for the project using an iPhone. The images are shown in the order they were shot. Using landscape, still-life and street photography, Sea, Sky, Sand and Street features a variety of rural, urban and coastal locations along the north Norfolk coast.

A big influence on the project was John Tordai’s excellent 1993 photography book that documented the northern English county of Northumberland.

iPhone Photography

The project was really the first true test of mobile photography as a photographer. It confirmed to me that mobile photography had a future and was a useful tool for photographers. It also captured quite brilliantly, although I didn’t realise it at the time, a specific period of my life.

Places change and we change too. Often quicker than we’d like to think. I will return to Norfolk at some point, but it won’t ever be quite the same as before.

Featured Photography Page

A detailed background account of the ‘Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ photography and project can be found HERE

Two Books

The photography was used in two books. The first was a PDF photo book for the Solo Photo Book Month project in 2011. Participants had to shoot, edit and design a PDF photo book in 31 days. Sand, Sky, Sea and Street was the final book I produced for the Solo Photo Book Month project.

Sadly the popular bookmaking project closed in 2011 due to rising running costs. The PDF book would lead onto the 2011 print version with the slightly altered title of Sea, Sky, Sand and Street.

The PDF books from the Solo Photo Book Month projects are located HERE.

The Printed Book

The 80 page print version ‘Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ book featuring 70 black and white landscape, documentary and still life photographs can be purchased from Blurb HERE.

Sea, Sky, Sand and Street Prints

A collection of 25 images, taken from the ‘Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ book, are available to buy as professional quality prints via the Richard Flint Photography Redbubble store.

Ready to display easily, the prints are available as 4×4″ (10×10 cm) and 6×6″ (15×15 cm) acrylic blocks. Also available are professionally printed watercolour textured 4ply artboards in a variety of sizes from 6×6 (15.2×15.2 cm) to 10×10 (25.4 x 25.4 cm).

Visit the Sea, Sky, Sand and Street print collection HERE

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