There’s a common theme amongst bloggers where they talk about a lack of recent posts and being busy with things, so here’s our contribution to this without the long discussion about it.
Firstly, here are a few recent images, which would have been in the now non-existent posts from the past wee while.
And a reminder of the Retina International Photography Festival 2017, now in the final weeks so a last chance to see the Royal Photographic Society exhibition at the Drill Hall which finishes tomorrow and the Emerging Talent and Shutter Hub exhibitions, both at Ocean terminal and which finish on Sunday 30th.
Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.
Paul was delighted and flattered to be among the winning entries – listed below showing the category, the title and the photographer.
‘After Dark’ – ‘View Down Princes Street at Night’ – David Tomlins
‘Changing City’- ‘Canal Dreams’ – Sue Williamson
‘On the Inside’ – ‘Vaseline Hair Tonic’ – Paul Henni
‘Festivals and Event City’ – ‘Hogmanay’ – Mengqi Du
‘In all Weathers’ – ‘Snow on the Way’- Fiona Johnson
‘Fashion and Retail’ – New Wave Coffee Shop to a Tea – MJose Fernandez
Due to the response to the call for entries, there is also an additional mini-exhibition of the six winning entries and a further twelve runners-up as a set of eighteen canvas prints.
We went along for the opening event and were amazed at the size of Paul’s image under ‘S for Shopping’ within the exhibition. Lynn had to snap the proud photographer next to it.
And here’s the image itself – you can click on it to view it on our website if you want to see it in more detail (you can see it Full Screen there).
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Our work is now on display in The Art Collective, downstairs at 139 Princes Street, just along from Frasers (or Binn’s Corner for those of us who remember) together with a number of other photographers and artists.
We have a range of framed and rolled prints; framed prints vary in size from tiny (7.5 x 7.5 cm) up to approx A3 and prices start at £25. All work can be purchased and taken away.
Ok, so everybody has photographed the Kelpies from every conceivable angle. However, that never stopped me so here’s my take.
Kelpies were shape-shifting water spirits living in Scottish lochs. There are many stories from across the country including one about the less well-known Nessie, the Loch Ness Kelpie. Reputedly, kelpies could take human form although some stories suggest they always kept their hooves so some regarded them as satanic.
I took this one after Jennie spotted the reflection in the visitor centre window.
This shot of a single Kelpie has a couple of people at the bottom to show the scale of these amazing sculptures.
This was taken from across the canal before we trekked to the Falkirk Wheel. The light was better from this angle – and again, you get a good sense of scale .
This shot was trickier with the sun shining behind the Kelpies but I like the sense of the kelpie railing at the sunlight; it fits with the malevolent water horse myth where kelpies lurked in dark lochs requiring appeasement by human sacrifices.
If you look carefully, you can see this is an inverted reflection of the kelpie, the clouds and the visitors in the surrounding water – the image is less defined where the water has some movement and gets sharper towards the head of the kelpie where the water was stiller.
And finally, I was much taken with reflections (can you tell?) especially with such an interesting and changeable sky. In this shot I managed to exploit my wide angled lens to capture both Kelpie and reflection.
I managed a sneak preview as they were setting up and testing today so have not yet experienced the full show with the lights sequenced to original music to make the figures appear to move. This sounds like something not to be missed!
Some of the figures look like rugby players which may reflect the upcoming Rugby 6 Nations – could this be Stuart Hogg preparing for Saturday’s clash against the auld enemy?
Or perhaps basketball players here…
Or even the Thin White Duke making his moves…
These ones look more like gymnasts.
This will no doubt be clearer when animated.
Scottish country dancing maybe?
2 stick-people chilling while watching the dancing.
The Victorian Dean Cemetery is still in use and is a favourite tranquil shortcut to the Dean Gallery. It is one of the first cemeteries in Edinburgh to be laid out in formal lines – it is also pretty photogenic.
This statue caught my eye from over the wall in the grounds of the Dean Gallery – she rose up from the trees dwarfing the smaller tombstones around.
Paul caught in the act snapping this fine fella below, the Reverent Francis Gillies, buried in 1862 and lying alongside 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 wives and a son-in-law.
In the next shot, my eye was drawn to the angles and contrasts of light and dark – there’s a poignancy to the small cross sitting neatly between the taller ones.
Paul was attracted by this sculpture of unknown deceased which stands proud unlike many of the more 2 dimensional relief memorials.
We would recommend anyone wandering around that part of Edinburgh with an interest in local history stops for a nosey – many famous Edinburgers lie in rest here – Elsie Inglis, innovative doctor and suffragist; David Octavious Hill, painter and arts activist, and, with Robert Adamson, a pioneer many aspects of photography in Scotland.; and William Henry Playfair, one of the greatest 19th century Scottish architects whose influence is seen all over Edinburgh’s New Town (often to be seen in henni.photo work).