Printing money

Well, not quite, but it is an honour not many people get – to say that their work will be featured on literally millions of pounds – and I’m delighted that I will be able to claim that honour.

At the start of 2016, Royal Bank of Scotland were commissioning new banknotes. After asking the public to help choose who should feature, Mary Somerville was selected for the ten pound note. She and Nan Shepherd (who will feature on the new five pound note) will be the first women to have their portraits on Scottish banknotes.

Royal Bank of Scotland's new ten pound note

The finished product – Royal Bank of Scotland’s new ten pound note

Home and away with the National Theatre of Scotland

Today, tickets went on sale for the National Theatre of Scotland’s exciting new project, Home Away 2016. In autumn 2016, ten theatre companies from around the world will come together to present a series of productions telling stories from their location. Some weeks ago, Jack (my loyal dog-come-photography assistant) and I packed my camera and headed out to five of these locations across Scotland, to create portraits of some of the participants in the productions.

Home and Away - National Theatre of Scotland. Design by Gabriella Marcella at Risotto

Home and Away – National Theatre of Scotland. Design by Gabriella Marcella at Risotto

Art, nature and fun at Jupiter Artland

Rather than spending this evening as I usually would on a Friday, with a glass of wine in my hand and enjoying my new fire stove (yes, in Edinburgh it is still just about cool enough to use), I am heading out to the wonderful Jupiter Artland as they celebrate their summer season opening. Although I am sure I will get a glass of wine at some point, I’ll be there on a more professional basis to take photos – capturing the reactions of their invited guests to see this year’s artwork. After months of being locked away to the public, the park will be back open as of tomorrow and I’m sure it will be another brilliant year.

Children enjoying 'Cells of Life' by Charles Jencks

Children enjoying ‘Cells of Life’ by Charles Jencks

Swapping Summerhall for Sierra Leone

This month, I’ve swapped my studio in Summerhall for the altogether warmer climes of Sierra Leone. I first went in 2014 with a Scottish architecture / construction charity, OrkidStudio, to take some photos of a new girls school they were building in Kenema. I instantly fell in love with Sierra Leone, but shortly after I returned to Scotland, was devastated to hear about the Ebola outbreak in the region I was just in. When I looked at my photos I would wonder how my new friends there were coping with this tragic pandemic, and feel helpless to their fight.

Swawou pupil in the new school

One of the Swawou School girls in her new classroom.


Starry night in Mull

I have just been on Mull for work, I managed to get some time to work on a project that been on my mind for wee while. At the end of my shoot I left the camera up for an extra hour to see what I got from the stars. I think that the bright stripe is either Jupiter or Venus, there was no moon which was good for this image.

Long exposure photograph of stars in a wood on Mull

Edinburgh International Story Telling Festival Launch

The other day I went to photograph the launch of the Edinburgh Story Telling festival for them, we had an amazing trip over to Inchcolm island where the cultral minister Fiona Hyslop launched the festival. On the way back I had to push the camera and so have turned the images into black and white which I actually quite like, I don’t know what they will print like.

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London looking very Blade Runner-esk

I was in London the other day and on the way back the low cloud over London made it look like the Blade Runner set, and then at city airport they conveniently had envelopes so that you could post back your explosives if you needed too.

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It has been a while since I added any images, I was looking through these and thought that I would put some up.

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