Six weeks into my weekly blog One Hundred Weeks of Scotland and I am enjoying it hugely. It is a challenge coming up with (hopefully) interesting images every week but I, like most people I suspect, work far better to a deadline. The Christmas period, combined with a lot of photography work meant I couldn’t get out and about around the country as much as I would have liked, but now things have eased off a little I should have more time.
In week six I published the first three images from a project that will run through the whole of the 100 weeks, ‘This Happy Breed – At Home in Scotland’. I want each image to be a simple portrait of home life – sometimes stylised a little and sometimes with a touch of humour. First up were Norman M, Eilidh C and Gary W.
I managed to get out of town for Week Seven and headed up to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland. Even after a much longer drive than I realised I was glad I made the effort. It really is a spectacular place and the views over to Hoy in the distance were incredible. The quality of the light was stunning and the colours and contrasts were beautifully vivid.
The first image from week eight is of a steam train on The Boness & Kinneil Railway. Special Santa Claus trains were put on in the run-up to Christmas. Never having seen a steam train up close before they are pretty amazing things – noisy, smelly and wonderfully evocative. Other images this week include storm damage being repaired in North Berwick and a visit to an art exhibition opening.
Skating in Princes Street Gardens is the main image for week nine. The light just around dusk is wonderful for photography. Further afield is an image of (I think) Common Seals sunning themselves on a rock off the southern tip of Bute – Goat Fell on Arran lies in the distance. The final image was taken during the filming of the trailer for The Lyceum’s upcoming production of ‘A Taste Of Honey’.
Week ten covered the New Year period. A Café on the Royal Mile was the backdrop to Jimmy K and his all-day breakfast. I took many images from the Torchlight Procession of which this is my favourite. Interestingly a few of the images had very strange objects in them – I am sure they were the result of lens flare or lighting effects but I have taken tens of thousands of photos and they are a bit unusual. I may do a tongue-in-cheek X-Files week as I also have an image of Princes Street with what looks bizarrely like a 1950s UFO in it – I don’t believe for a moment it is a UFO but it is quite cool. Finally an image from another very bizarre event – Dogmanay in Princes Street Gardens.