Our 2017 Selection of #Edinburgh #Festival #Photography
A selection of some of the images we took during the Edinburgh Festivities. As ever, lots going on, too much to try and see, random things happening on the street and plenty of photographic scenes to capture.
First up, the official Edinburgh International Festival opening, celebrating 70 years of the Festival and Fringe, including ‘Bloom’.
And some performers from The Wedding Reception out in Princes Street Gardens, looking the part as Bride, Groom, Mother of the Bride and embarrassing Father of the Bride.
Plenty of street perfomers to see.
Next up, a local bunch of acrobats.
And some street portraits.
And finally, here’s where you can currently see our prints on display.
Having summoned the ferry to take us from Easdale village to Easdale Island by pressing the bell, we thought we’d probably be back on the next scheduled one about half an hour later. After all, it’s a small island and we had visited it previously. We had not anticipated the lure of the woolly pig or the blonde Mangalica pig, according to Wikipedia.
We found a sign saying ‘Pigs’ and followed the direction in which it pointed. We came across a sunken area with a couple of these lovely Mangalica snoozing away – this is the female.
Once we got closer, we realised that there was a large litter of tiny piglets sprawled over the male pig – we later established they were about 2 weeks old. They started to move around as we got closer.
A close-up of one of the piglets straddling dad’s foot.
Clearly, it was tea-time so they all made for the mother and started suckling. She did her best to sleep on.
After a lot of wriggling, they managed to line up so they could all get in to feed.
Happy little piglets!
Once fed, they all toddled off.
And back to dad – perhaps he has more body heat but the challenge was for the whole litter to climb on top of him and find a secure perch.
There were several false starts and not all climbing was elegant.
Some tried a double-decker approach to hold on.
Eventually, they managed to form a neat line although the one at the end didn’t look to secure and more wriggling, slipping and re-climbing followed.
Looking quite contented here.
They look much more comfortable lying snuggled up next to their dad – well, apart from the one underneath but it looked happy enough.
The sow slept on presumably happy that the boar was looking after their little family.
If you want to visit the pigs, they are owned by the folk who run the Easdale B&B which looks like a very peaceful place to stay.
Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.
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.
Now that the sun has come out in Scotland, it feels like the right time to look back at our trip to Italy last year and do some more blog posts. We spent a few days in that beautiful city Florence and a post on the art and architecture will follow. But I thought I’d start with the people – we like street photography and Florence is full of people – you can’t move without tripping over tourists doing selfies or snapping each other with tablets. However, we tried to focus on the people who live and work in Florence. for instance, this doorman outside a posh hotel.
The priest with his traditional robes somewhat at odds with the modern technology in his hands.
The local gent on his way for a ristretto with his daily paper.
Locals cycling round the many, many tourists
Or stopping to answer that vital text.
Or pedestrians taking that important call.
Or just sitting reading a book.
People live their lives despite the bustle of the visitors all around them.
And even manage to find quiet routes away from the hurly burly.
Having said all that, a post on people in Florence can’t ignore the tourists – and it’s hard to photography some of the main sights without tourists in shot. The replica of Michelangelo’s David outside the Palazzo Vecchio is impossible to photograph without visitors passing by so I embraced them as part of the shot.
And you cannot avoid the crowds outside the Uffiizi if you want to visit its treasures.
We loved the Loggia dei Lanzi with its outdoor gallery of statues as did this couple.
Florence is a beautiful city and we were so fortunate to have the chance to visit – and we look forward to sharing more photos in future posts.
I’m sure there is a time when Venice is quiet but we have yet to discover it. So we embraced the people – visitors and locals alike; after all, it’s hard to complain about tourists when you are one yourself although I can understand the local No Grandi Navi campaign to reduce the enormous cruise ships which cause damage with their wake and whose clients spend little time and money in Venice but because they travel in large groups make certain areas very congested.
Locals can be spotted – usually ducking down the quiet side routes.
Or having a quick fag before service starts.
I like the symmetry of Paul’s shot with the tiny figure just slightly out of line with the centre.
This shot of Paul’s has caught the light showing the texture of the worn tiles.
We can’t really do a series of blog posts on Venice without doing one focused on canals, gondole and gondoliers. Not that all those navigating upright are gondoliers. This elderly gent was a cool guy with one hand on the oar while holding his pose.
Or adjusting his shades.
We resisted the lure of the gondola trip but everywhere we looked, there were gondole full of tourists.
It could get a tad congested at junctions.
Paul got some close-ups with the tele-focus.
Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
A very determined looking gondolier.
I’m not sure I’d want to be steered around by someone born to fight but possible useful at those busy junctions.
Photographer crouching down and captured with reflection…
Of course, boats are not just for tourists – all goods brought into Venice have to come by boat.
And locals (and a few canny tourists) use the traghetto which are plain gondole used to ferry folk across the Grand Canal which costs €2 for visitors and can save a lot of walking.
The quieter side of Venice, Cannaregio, feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the San Marco or San Polo – it’s well worth a wander and there’s a great restaurant with live music over there, Il Paradiso Perduto, and a lovely little wine bar Vino Vera we can strongly recomment.
Our Italian trip started with a few nights in Venice. We had spent a week here 4 years previously but that was BP – Before Photography (or at least what photography has become for us – shooting in raw, looking beyond the obvious, envisaging the world in black and white). So, unsurprisingly, we took a lot of photos. This blog post focuses on Venice by night.
We have to start with a fairly classic view. We stayed in a pensione opposite the Santo Stefano church, a short walk from this bridge which attracts many tourists snapping away whether with mobile phones on selfie sticks or full frame cameras; it is a beautiful spot with domes of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the distance.
The bridge is itself lit with these rather rickety-looking lights which had a slightly sinister tinge when you are passing over the deserted bridge late at night.
Once back over the bridge, the Campo Santo Stefano is a popular hangout with restaurants and the best Gelateria we found in Venice, the Paolin. Perhaps that’s why so many families lingered in the square – this one playing with toy lights.
This stall outside our pensione sold such toys along with all sorts of other vital supplies – even at night, Italians might need to buy some sun glasses.
Despite being main thoroughfares, canals are generally unlit beyond the light which reflects from the buildings and narrow lanes between the buildings. This makes for interesting reflections.
Or darkness which sets the architecture off beautifully.
As everywhere, smokers can be found lurking in dark corners.
There was an event at the local theatre which looked like a graduation party with everyone done up to the nines – this group were being waved off by their parents at the start of their evening.
Some More Images Of Leith and Our Weekend -10% Offer.
Following on from our Leith post last week, here’s another selection of Leith images for you, plus details (at the bottom) of our special weekend offer on prints. A longer post, again, but hopefully you enjoy the mini tour of an intriguing part of the city.
We start in the dark. These shots were taken about a week ago, when the cold weather was kicking in. A couple from The Shore first.
And next up is the entrance to The Port of Leith, with some nice columns of light reflected in the harbour.
The 22 bus, about to leave Ocean Terminal to head to The Gyle Centre, on the other side of town, followed by a late night bus stop.
One of the bridges over The Water Of Leith, as it heads towards the port area.
Next, from yesterday, the icy, cold blueness of the partly frozen port area.
And finally, this is the last weekend of our ‘Urban Noir’ Exhibition, so we will be present from 11-17:00 today and tomorrow and are offering 10% off print sales and orders (excluding etchings) on these days at The Image Collective, an excellent and eclectic gallery space on the top floor, opposite the Britannia; we have framed, mounted and rolled prints. We also have two hand printed etchings available framed or mounted. If there are any other images you are interesting in buying prints of that are not in the exhibition let us know.