I love working with creative people. It’s great to have conversations and see ideas come to life in front of my eyes. One such talent is Creative producer Guy Veale at the launch of Ùrlar, an experimental theatre production commissioned by National Trust for Scotland, which will take place at the conservation charity’s Ben Lomond site. We were working with performers Dougie Strang and Darla Eno using mirrors to illustrate the strange sights and sounds of the event.
Wee Jake & Frends
I got to try out my new Canon R6 with my fairly new R5 on a job this week with some of my neighbours. Meet Lottie & Mickey. Lottie is a Shetland Pony and Mickey is a donkey. I met them with stablemate Shetland Pony Jake who is featured in the latest JoJo Gnome story podcast out this week. They were very interested in my new cameras.For my picture of Wee Jake I thought the black and white did make him look like a film star. Check out the JoJo Gnome story podcast here to hear more about Jake and his pals.
The Wee Big Yin
I have been working with the Buchanan Galleries on a fantastic campaign to raise funds for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. They had miniature Billy Connolly Lego sets which went on sale in Scotland for one day only as part of a big charity fundraising effort.
“Wee Big Yin” Lego figures of the Scot celebrated the much-loved comedian through five different stages of his career. The shoppers could buy figures including the Biker Yin, the Actor Yin, the Artist Yin Musician Yin and the Funny Yin.
My job was to take the figures around Glasgow and take photos of them in front of iconic Glasgow landmarks including the Peoples Palace, The Pavilion Theatre, Billy’s portrait by artist John Byrne and the Buchanan Galleries too of course. I did get a lot of enquiries from passersby about what I was doing and admiring looks at the figures.
What a treat to get away on holiday. Our trip to Tiree was cancelled last year and held over to this year. I was getting worried we would not make it. However we did and it was super. As always I had my camera with me. You never know if an assignment will present itself. We had and evening drive to try and catch a sunset. Ballevullin beach is a good surfing beach but it always has the best sunsets. This picture was taken at 11pm at night. The Scottish Daily Mail spotted it and used it in their feature on the glorious sunshine that Scotland had been basking in.
Brooch In A Box
My better half makes some lovely silk stitched brooches in a lovely metal box. She had made some in the unique colour of the island. What better a place to show off each colours than on a beach. Check out her shop.
We had a stop over on the Island of Coll for a couple of days. Another glorious Scottish Island. It is a very small place with one hotel and one cafe. I had a walk down to the jetty near the hotel. I loved the colours of all the lobster pots. This picture made The Herald’s Picture of the Day on the letters page.
Chatting Over a Cuppa
Photography work has been starting to come back now. I had the pleasure of a visit the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther to see their iconic ‘Fifie’ Reaper sailing boat. I met 95 year old Coull Deas MBE, former long-time skipper, and Boat Club volunteer Jim Wilson, who were taking a break after a day working on the £1million conservation job. What a laugh that pair had during the photocall.