Highly Recommended – Letters To Aberlour. #edfringe .@simonweir1 .@Letter2Aberlour henni.photo

A longer post than usual, but I’ve got stuff to say and some photos to share.

Letters To Aberlour by New Stride Productions is on at Just Festival at Central Hall (Flyer at bottom below). I got some shots of some of the cast on The High Street, which proved popular when I posted them last week.

Following on from that, I went along on Sunday night to try a Theatre photoshoot for the first time to see how I would get on. I had to catch the actors in costume just before curtain up, whilst the lights were being checked, so kept it simple and went with the fast Fujifilm XF 35mm Lens on the  XT-1 that I had on free 2-day trial from Calumet in Edinburgh.

Before I get to the photos, a quick word about Letters To Aberlour. After taking the shots, I stayed to watch the performance. Knowing nothing about it, I had a slight concern over what to say to the cast if it wasn’t any good, you know the awkward, well, um, it wasn’t too bad type comment, whilst you shuffle from foot to foot. Thankfully, it was an excellently acted, moving and well written piece of theatre. Given the production constraints of a Fringe performance, the cast of five managed to portray fifteen different character to bring to life the horrors, sacrifice and loss suffered during The Great War (World War One).

Given the preponderance of of documentation written about the war by the Officers and Upper Classes, it was both heartening and heart breaking to hear the stories of the ordinary soldiers and people at home through the letters written to Aberlour Orphanage.

In much the same way as the ‘Forgotten Voices Of…’ books painted the picture of life missing from traditional history books, this piece portrayed sympathetically what it was like for those caught up in it. It also has echoes of the highly recommended ‘McRaes Battalion’ by Jack Alexander, which deals with events closer to Edinburgh and nearby areas. More details on the latter are on the McRae’s Battalion Trust Website.

So, to the photos. These are of the actors Anthony Bentley, Patrick Capaloff-Fowler, Julia Jack, Simon Weir and Jonathan Durie, in no particular order. I’ve tried some post-processing filters to see how they come out, rather just doing my usual ‘straight’ monochrome, and included some colour too, just for the hell of it.

Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Leters To Aberlour. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

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Letters To Aberlour. #Edinburgh #edfringe .@edfringe .@justfestival www.henni.photo

A few shots of the guys from Letters To Aberlour by New Stride Productions which is on at Just Festival at Central Hall (Flyer below). They just happened to be walking through the festival crowds. Played about a bit with the images to try something slightly different, although the modern haircuts and mobile phone are easily spotted in some of the images.

Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.
Letters To Aberlour.

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Stunning #Festival Opener #Harmonium #Edinburgh #edintfest .@edintfest www.henni.photo

Last night, the greatest cultural show on earth launched with a mesmerising spectacle, the Harmonium Project.

John Adams’ Harmonium performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus was set against a stunning projection of light and animations on the outside of the Usher Hall in front of a  crowd hypnotised and delighted in turn.

What a show; what a festival; what a city!

Words: Lynn Henni - Photos: Lynn and Paul Henni
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.

The Harmonium Project.

The Harmonium Project.

The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.
The Harmonium Project.

Chimneys. .@theSpurtle .@The_Balmoral #Edinburgh #Photography #Monochrome knicksen.com

This is a view looking straight up Dundas Street in The New Town part of Edinburgh, with the spire of the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland in the distance. As in the Assembly Hall, not the Assembly Rooms, which are in George Street. Got that. So there are two Assembly’s, one is a hall and the other is rooms, and neither are both the same.

Good thing they are not both used as Festival venues and that no confusion ever arises when poor bastards arrive at one for a show only to be told to go to the other one. Even better, Assembly is the name used by one of the festival/ fringe companies. So there are other Assembly venues to go with these two. Ah how the locals laugh.

If you are a Broughton Spurtle reader, then this also marks the western edge of the Spurtle empire, or so I am told.

To The Assembly Spire.
To The Assembly Spire.

Traverse Theatre. .@traversetheatre #Edinburgh #Monochrome #Photography knicksen.com

Here’s a view of the curved steps of the Usher Hall leading towards the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Traverse was originally in the Grassmarket and moved to this custom built building in 1992. It is well known for the quality of productions it puts on and for the promotion of new works.

Traverse.
Traverse.

Reach For The Sky – Prints Now Available #Edinburgh #Photography #Monochrome #Urban

This image has just been selected for inclusion in the UKVPro Photo Art Collection, which is nice. This means that you can order it as an Acrylic / Aluminium mounted Print at a range of sizes.

From the UKVPro website:
These are very popular at the moment and deservedly so. They produce pictures of extraordinary depth and shine and are the most contemporary way to display your work, ready to hang.

Acrylic face-mounted photographs exude vibrancy and depth. Our products incorporate crystal clear cast acrylic and aluminium composite in one eye catching product. At just 8mm thick, these products create wall art that is simply stunning. All supplied with an aluminium sub-frame on the back with a pre-fitted special hanger, ready to adorn your walls.

Reach For The Sky.
‘Reach For The Sky.’ Available as an Acrylic / Aluminium mounted Print as part of the UKVPro Photo Art Collection – click on the image for more details.

It is also available from my collection on Photo4Me in more traditional formats such as paper print, canvas and more.

Reach For The Sky #ThisisEdinburgh! #Photography #Monochrome #Urban

Had a wander round a few back alleyways whilst waiting for the bus. There are loads of wee nooks and crannies in Edinburgh and some of them result in a photo opportunity. This is at the back of The Usher Hall – quite a contrast to the classical design of the front.

Reach For The Sky.
Reach For The Sky.