Fireworks Near Burns Monument
The annual fireworks display, to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow-up The Houses of Parliament in 1605, was held recently at the grounds of Ayr Rugby Club.
Here are a few images, of the local firework display, shot near Burns Monument, overlooking “Brig O’ Doon” Hotel.
Caitlin – My Wee Granddaughter
A “Wee Cracker”. born on 24th July.
A Poem for Caitlin
“C” is for child so wonderful and new
“A“ is for apple of my eye she is too
“I” is for innocence you see in her face
“T” is for tenderness and so full of grace
“L” is for love, unconditional and pure
“I” will protect her and love her, for sure
“N“o words can express my joy and elation
Caitlin’s arrived …. she’s a sensation!
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
While visiting my new Granddaughter, (she’s a “wee cracker” of 2 weeks old), earlier this week, I paid a short 2 hour visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Great atmosphere, superb acts and some real “odd” characters ……. just what I like.
I hope to return later this week for a longer visit, along with my “better” half, to capture more images, enjoy some lunch accompanied by a nice bottle of wine and bathe in the atmosphere of the worlds largest arts festival.
I can’t wait. Here are a few images from my visit.
For images of last year’s festival, please click on the link
Link to Fringe 2013 http://wp.me/P1WKsc-qm
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 – Additional Images
Please click on this link http://wp.me/P1WKsc-qm for the rest of the images
Edinburgh Fringe Mania
As in previous years, Fringe Mania once again gripped Edinburgh at the beginning of August. So far, many thousands of festival “junkies” from near and far, have flocked to the Scottish Capital, perhaps to witness the spectacular street performers in the Royal Mile, to see one or more of the 2,000 shows being performed in many of the different venues in the city, or just to “bathe” in the unique atmosphere of the largest performing arts festival in the world.
If you can only visit one event in the year, in Scotland, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe should perhaps be at the top of your list. So far I have visited 3 times, mainly to “soak up” the atmosphere and to capture images of some of the interesting street performers, advertising their show. I hope to visit again, at least, once before it finishes on 26th August
I hope you enjoy the small sample of some of my images below.
More images of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival can be found at this link http://wp.me/P1WKsc-qm
Merchant City Festival – Glasgow
My “better half” and I have attended this superb event over the last 2 years and have been amazed by diversity and quality of this festival, which presents “best of the best” in theatre, music, visual arts, comedy, dance, film, fashion and the food scene.
Looking forward to the next one. which runs from 24th to 28th July 2013
Please follow my link below to see more images of this annual, “not to be missed” event.
Julie and Kenneth’s Wedding
A few weeks ago my youngest daughter, Julie married Kenneth at the Lochside House Hotel in New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
We all had a great day, with sunny weather, at a superb venue, in the company of 130+ good friends and family.
We hired a photographer for the celebration, but I just had to take my own camera with me. The images below are just a few shots that I took when I had a spare moment from my “Father of the Bride” duties. Looking forward to seeing the “official” shots
Down the Pit – Coal Mining
Coal miners of the 19th and early 20th century worked below ground in difficult hot humid and cramped conditions, manually extracting coal from the seam which were often no higher than 3 – 4 ft high.
In this image, which is a re-creation of a 19/20th century pit, showing a coal miner ” shoring up” the roof of the mine, I have tried to create the dark and dank atmosphere of the working conditions that he endured, in order to feed and clothe his family. Additional information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining
This image was captured in total darkness, illuminated only by low level flash and processed in CS5
The interior of a typical miner’s cottage showing the poor standard of living conditions compared with todays “comfortable” “hi-tech” environment.
And of course the “communal” wash house, showing the coal fired boiler and the “mangle”
All above images captured at Summerlee Heritage Park, Coatbridge. http://www.monklands.co.uk/summerlee/
Edinburgh Fringe 2011 – Photography
The Edinburgh Fringe is world’s largest Arts Festival, held annually in Edinburgh during August. In 2011 there were around 2,500 performances over 25 days.
It is a Festival predominantly for the performing arts, where theatre and comedy are the main ingredients.
Among the wide variety of shows, this year, there were productions based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” and pantomime based shows like Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood. There were also a wide range of more “modern” productions.
While these shows are performed at various venues in Edinburgh, the public get the opportunity to see a preview of some of the productions, in various locations, centred in the Royal Mile, on the streets of the Scottish capital.
This is an excellent opportunity to get a “taste” of the shows on offer and gives me, the opportunity to make images of some of the performers amusing, comical, horrific and unusual expressions
Here is a small selection of my images from the Fringe 2011. (Click the image above to see the all of the images)