Harbinger Of Spring

Snow at the start of the week and like summer this afternoon. What the hell’s going on? First digital photography since the start of January although I did burn off some film too just not enough to develop yet. Can’t beat a wee clump of Snowdrops. Below a tree I spotted on a lunchtime walk trying out my Bronica a few weeks back,liked the way … Continue reading Harbinger Of Spring


The Oldest Of Magazines

The Scots Magazine is the oldest magazine in the world. Originally published in 1739 and 278 years later I manage to sneak a photograph onto it’s ancient pages. So as well as reporting on the defeat of the Jacobites and the Napoleonic wars it can now add myself to its illustrious reportage. The magazine itself has a bit of everything these days travel, culture, history … Continue reading The Oldest Of Magazines


Calton Gaol, Edinburgh

Built between 1815 and 1817 it was Scotland’s largest prison the tower(Governor’s House) above is the only part standing. Different sites list the demolishing on various dates from 1927 to 1938. Below Regent Bridge, seeing as Trainspotting 2 is out I thought I’d cash in with a shot from where part of the opening scenes of the original were shot. Continue reading Calton Gaol, Edinburgh


Scottish American

“If it be life that waits, I shall live forever unconquered. If death, I shall die at last, strong in my pride and free” The impressive memorial gifted by Scottish Americans for the Scots that fought in the great war. Just along the road at the Old Calton Cemetery there’s a statue of Abraham Lincoln the only statue of a US President in Scotland dedicated … Continue reading Scottish American


Miserable Edinburgh

The Castle Finally arrive to a sodden Edinburgh the kind of drizzle that penetrates to the bone. The whole sky is a dull grey with absolutely no sign of clearing or being able to leave any distinguishing background to the photographs. I suppose if I had the DSLR I could have photoshopped an effort in but I didn’t it was Ilford FP4+ medium format in … Continue reading Miserable Edinburgh


Zenza Bronica Test Roll

A wee gift from last years bonus, the mighty Zenza Bronica ETRSi complete with 120 film back. This is actually the second test roll because I idiotically loaded the first roll backwards. I didn’t have the correct battery for the camera so all shots were at 1/500 the camera’s only mechanical shutter speed. A battery has arrived so I’ll fire it at different speeds this … Continue reading Zenza Bronica Test Roll


Continued Travels In The 1900’s

Above a stop off in Palermo……I think, the Capuchin Catacombs originally for friars it became a bit of a status symbol in future generations to be entombed in the catacombs. The rest of the photographs in this post I don’t know where they were taken. I assume they are all from the same trip. Below there’s only one name visible on any of the ships … Continue reading Continued Travels In The 1900’s