Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Another note from my iPhone.

I was in Edinburgh for the weekend working, and this was be the first time I’ve been alone in Edinburgh for coming on 30 years.

I did the tourist walk; along the West End, up Lothian Road, through the Meadows down South Bridges, the Royal Mile up to the Castle and then back to the hotel.

Strange emotions, strange seeing the place again after so many years of popping up for family visits without really visiting the city.

The walk gave me ideas for another series of photographs, but these are Edinburgh centric and will take a while to compose and collect.

‘Sins of the Father’ first two notes are places I saw my dad coming out of:

the Western Bar has been there forever and doesn’t seem to have changed much, but the Bingo Hall used to be Edinburgh’s ‘adult’ cinema.

This is a start and how much of this I go into is still to be decided.

originally posted October 2016


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Micro 4/3 Camera

Curlew

Curlew

After owning a Full Frame Canon (5D Mk II) for a while, I felt that I was using my iPhone more often than not to take photos as the Canon was too heavy and cumbersome for me to carry around all the time.

A few years ago I owned a Panasonic GF1 (the image above was taken with this camera) so I decided to sell all my Canon equipment and go back to Micro 4/3. I now have a GX1 and GF2 body (both Panasonic) and several lenses. One of the bodies with a long lens on it still weighs less than the L lens I had on the camera, never mind the camera and lens. The other benefit is the GF2 and 20mm lens can fit in my pocket and looks like a compact camera making it perfect for street photography.

Looking forward to getting out and about and playing with the new equipment.

originally posted 30/03/2013

*update – I’m now using a Canon EOS M system :), so still a small format, but alongside this a more traditional Canon DSLR


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Palace Hub Gallery in Redcar

After a lot of thought I finally decided to submit some of my photographic work to the Palace Hub Gallery in Redcar to see if I could get some exhibited.

The series was photographs of Redcar beach on a wintery dawn, which gave a really lovely blue cast to the sky.

I’ve had three accepted for the group exhibition 🙂

This really meant I had to get more work done on my website in preparation for these being shown, and to keep moving forward with my practice (which I didn’t of course)

Annoyingly though I had forgotten that there was also an alternative process exhibition which I could have submitted Cyanotype images into.

originally posted 10/01/15


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Essence of the North

What is the “Essence of the North?”
Curlew
That is what is being asked by The Northerner Blog in the Guardian today. They are asking for contributors to post an image that captures the essence of the North.

Whose North? There is always the chocolate box image of Dales and Moors, unbroken wilderness, apart from James Herriot careening across them in his old car. Hills and lakes, unspoilt beaches and little stone villages shimmering in the sunset.

Alleys

There is the Christian North, the North of Cathedrals, Saints and Holy Islands. Pilgrimages across the land, fleeing from Viking pillagers, writing works of illuminated art and deciding the way forward for the catholic church.

Or there is the smashed North, the North of Thatcher’s cruelty and industrial decline. A once proud heritage of steel and chemical works, pit villages, ship building and union activity. The Jarrow marchers and Quaker sensibilities. The first locomotives and the crucible of Britain’s industrial revolution.

Book of Kells

The North I know is an area where people live in great diversity and try to get on with their lives, but has time to commission some of the best public art in the country and has made a feature of regeneration through art projects such as The Sage, The Baltic, Temenos, Hepworth Gallery and The Angel of the North. This large scale development mixes well with the industrial heritage of the area and sits well, all of the above is the North I know and to try and distill an essence is not really needed, just celebrate it all, in images, words and imagination.

originally published 9/7/12


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