Looking At Edinburgh

31 October 2008

Craighill tree stares at me

Filed under: photos, trees — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

a tree that looks like a face

I thought this was a good Hallowe’en photo. It’s a real tree, and it really does look like that. I wouldn’t go near it after dark.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Wild tree face.

30 October 2008

Mandela Square that never was

the statue of mother and child

In 1986, the UN Security Council recommended to the member states of the United Nations that they “prohibit the export to South Africa of items which they have reason to believe are destined for the military and/or police forces of South Africa”.

Back then, Nelson Mandela was in jail – he had then been in prison for 23 years. Edinburgh City Council was planning a new square in Lothian Road, and a faction on the Council had resolved to call it Mandela Square, in his honour. (They lost the vote – the new square, which faces the Usher Hall, was named Festival Square, after Edinburgh’s International Festival – which was then to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, 1947-1987.)

Ann Davidson won the competition run by the Council, and her statue “Woman and Child” was made to represent and to honour all those killed or imprisoned for their stand against apartheid. The woman and her child stand in front of a sketch in bronze of a shanty. The statue was unveiled on 22nd July 1986 by Suganya Chetty, a member of the African National Congress then living in exile in Edinburgh.

For those who don’t remember, Mandela was released on 11th February 1990, nearly 27 years after he was sentenced to life imprisonment on 12th June 1964, and on 26th April 1994, the first free elections were held in South Africa: Nelson Mandela became President of the country that had imprisoned him for fighting against apartheid. It still feels like current events to me – but I suppose to many people reading this blog, it’s… history.

The message at the base of the statue, “Victory is Certain”, came true.

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29 October 2008

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink

Filed under: photos, seaside — Tags: , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

the stone drinking fountain on the Promenade

This drinking fountain was built about 1870, and closed in the 1950s due to vandalism.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Drinking Fountain by the Sea.

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28 October 2008

Unbuilding Edinburgh

Filed under: buildings, graffiti, people — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

taking down a house on Couper Street

taken down a house on Couper Street

These photos are available on Redbubble: Unbuilding Edinburgh and Unbuilding Edinburgh – later.

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27 October 2008

Swordplay on Leith Walk

Filed under: people, photos — Tags: , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

two boys with toy swords

Two boys who just bought shiny swords in Bits’n’Pieces, practice their swordplay at the foot of Leith Walk.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Two pages.

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26 October 2008

Fence and shadows

Filed under: photos, roads, shadows and light — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

blue fence on North Forth Street

This photo is available on Redbubble: Fence of shadows.

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25 October 2008

Feeding the family

a family buying lunch at the farmer's marker

A family getting well hung and tender (beef, that is) at the farmer’s market.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Feeding the family.

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24 October 2008

Looking along the Promenade

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looking from the water board station at Joppa

The Scottish Water pumping station at Joppa, at the far end of the Promenade, was the last one to be built in the Edinburgh area, and it’s an impressive building with circular stone steps down to the sea.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Looking along the Promenade.

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It’s Edinburgh, but is it art?

Filed under: About the blog — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 12:11 am

Well before I started this blog, I opened an account on Redbubble, and there I have mostly stayed – some of the photos (especially those with the Current Events tag) are saved elsewhere, but mostly, when I take photos of Edinburgh, I’m trying to take a picture that – however pretentious this may sound – I can think of as art, as a picture worth looking at in and of itself.


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I feel this is pretentious, quite frankly: I like taking photos. Perhaps a better word for it is ambitious: I am a photographer – I’d like to be the best photographer I can be, and one way of continuing to aim in that direction is to keep associating with the many fine photographers on Redbubble, who remind me constantly how much better I can aim to be.

I’ve sold a few items off Redbubble since I started, but, I freely admit, not many, and I don’t have strong ambitions in that direction. The great thing about sharing photos on the Internet is that you get to look for free and I get to share for free. (Thank you, WordPress and Redbubble!) But, should it happen that someone here has been thinking “Well, I’d like a print or a card from Redbubble, but the shipping costs, oh my god…” Redbubble is celebrating their 100,000th anniversary (100 000 pieces sold and shipped!) by offering all buyers free shipping for the next week… and all sellers twice the money they normally receive.

The coupon code to receive the free shipping offer is 100000masterpieces – you just enter this during the checkout process to receive the free shipping offer. Click on this red button to go directly to my Redbubble profile – but the free shipping applies whoever you buy from, until one minute to midnight on Thursday 30th October.

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Special offer to readers of my blog: one thing I can do on Redbubble is put together 13 photos into an illustrated calendar – cover and 12 months. (I’ve only done one so far: Strange Sky.) If you’d like a calendar from Redbubble made up of photos from this blog, or any of my photos on Redbubble, post below with your request – let me know what photos you’d like, even what months you want which photo to go with. If you include a contact e-mail (can be in the e-mail field of your comment) at which I can reach you, I’ll put the calendar together and let you know I’ve done it before 30th October. Bear in mind the photos have got to be of a given size to be included: if Redbubble only offers them for sale as cards, they won’t go on a calendar. You then order it via Redbubble, and pay no shipping. (I don’t control the price of the calendar. Sorry.)

23 October 2008

Royal Museum of Scotland: Empty Steps

The museum on Chambers Street

The Royal Museum of Scotland (44 Chambers Street – you can’t miss it, though you also can’t get in now) was designed by Captain Francis Fowke of the Royal Engineers, and the building was begun in 1861: Prince Albert’s last public act was to lay the foundation stone on 23rd October, 147 years ago. (Prince Albert died on 14 December that same year). It was then called the Museum of Science and Art, and in many ways it still is – or was: I don’t know what it will be when they’re done with it.

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