Looking At Edinburgh

24 October 2008

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.


(to see a different set of photos, just hit Refresh)

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.

Buy art

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.)

24 August 2008

Six months….

I’ve been doing this blog now for six months, at least one photopost a day. I have done 210 posts (not counting this one), well over 210 photographs, and from 36 views for the four days of February, the total number of views for six whole months is now 9711. In the first week I did this blog I got 4 views: in this 26th week I’ve had 641 views, and 93 views today. It seems likely that I’ll have my 10,000th view before the end of August. I really appreciate everyone who’s visited, especially people who linked or left comments.

*waves* I’m happy I started doing this. Looking forward to the next six months…

Because the first photo on my blog was the farmer’s market in February, this post should be of the same spot in August:

farmers market

Notice the irony of the Tescos bag? Neither did I till I looked at the photo at home.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Crowds at the farmer’s market.

27 July 2008

Sleeping with a friend

homeless man with dog

On the whole, I’d always rather just identify where and when I took this photo (sometimes not even that, since I noticed no one ever clicked on the google-maps links I used to provide). If the picture doesn’t speak for itself, what is the point of it?

In this case, though… (more…)

9 June 2008

Looking at Edinburgh

I think Edinburgh is one of the few really beautiful cities in the world. I was born here, and I’ve lived here most of my life, and I still find myself turning a corner, or looking up a street, or down a hill, and thinking Beautiful – not quite with surprise: is there a word for the feeling of discovering beauty when you know it will be there?
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