Nelson’s Monument sits atop Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Built in the early 1800s, its shape is modelled on an upturned telescope and can be seen as a dramatic feature reaching into the sky at the end of Princes Street.
“They were trying to run, trying to hide. But the rock would not hide them; the dead tree gave no shelter.”Stephen King. “Carrie”
I was driving along a single-lane winding road through the Scottish countryside when a large dead tree appeared on the horizon. Its branches twisting and turning like the snake-hair of Medusa.
As I got closer to the tree, I knew I had to stop and capture it. Quickly stopping the car, grabbed the camera and took a shot from the relative comfort of the boot of the car.
Sometimes a shot requires a long hike, research and thorough location scouting. Others simply are the result of happy accidents.
A dead tree is a thing of melancholic beauty. Their limbs laid bare for all to see, never again to be covered by the green foliage of summer.
A darker theme of death calls for looming clouds, flocks of black screeching birds and a moody gothic edit. The birds were added in post-production from another image in order to add to the dark drama of the scene.
The editor of The Perthshire Magazine, Abigail, recently joined me for an “Understanding Your Camera” photography workshop. Since she was keen to try photographing a few different subjects, we went to the wonderful Kinnoull Hill in Perth. This enabled us to try everything from macro to animals to landscapes!
Abigail did very well on the workshop. Having not used the camera before, we slowly transitioned from automatic to aperture/shutter priority and within no time she was shooting on manual! She’s a very quick learner and it was great to see her confidence grow in such a short space of time.
She got some great shots during the session and has continued practicing her skills since. Here are some of her favourite photographs that she’s taken so far!
It was an absolute pleasure to teach Abigail and see her progress so quickly with her photography!
After the workshop, they were kind enough to write a wonderful review for the magazine which you can read below:
If you would like help with your photography, please feel free to get in touch. All workshops are offered on a private 1-1 basis so you can learn at your own pace. Or if you prefer, why not bring along a friend to share the day with you?
You can browse a selection of available workshops here on my website:
Private Photography Workshops & Tours
When: Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July. Market times are 12pm until 7pm
Where: Glasgow’s Merchant City district. Stalls are located on Wilson Street between Glassford Street and Cadleriggs. Post code: G1 1HD.
I’m really excited to take part in the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow this year! I’ll have a stall on Wilson Street for all 4 days. Pop by to browse artworks, small prints, greeting cards and to discuss photography workshops!
About Merchant City Festival
The Merchant City Festival is a wonderful celebration of creativity which brings carnival to the streets and venues in the heart of Glasgow. The next performance is always just around the corner as artists, musicians, dancers and all kinds of live entertainers join the one-of-a-kind programme. With artisan goods stalls and brilliant food and drink on offer, a visit to the Merchant City Festival suits all ages and promises an unforgettable celebration of Glasgow in the height of the summer.
For more details on the event, visit: https://www.merchantcityfestival.com/
When: Saturday 6th July 2019, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
I’m delighted to be displaying my work as part of the Sma’ Shot Day event in Paisley this year. I’ll have a stall in Paisley Arts Centre and will have a full selection of prints, greeting cards and details on photography workshops.
About Sma’ Shot Day
The Sma’ Shot celebration always takes place in Paisley on the first Saturday in July – to mark the time of year when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays. 15,000 people gather at the annual event which takes place in various venues and roads around the Paisley Arts Centre and Brown’s Lane.
For more details on Sma’ Shot Day, visit: http://www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk/event/003710-sma%E2%80%99-shot-day/
This year I am delighted to be one of the Artists In Residence who will be exhibiting at The Bield. That means that this year you’ll be able to meet me and browse my work there instead of at my studio in Scone. And of course the big benefit of this is that you’ll get to see so many other beautiful works by other artists at the same venue!
Dates: 31 August to 15 September
Address: The Bield at Blackruthven, Tibbermore, Perth, PH1 1PY
Directions: Follow the A85 Crieff road west from Perth. At the crossroads, take the left turn toward Madderty/Tibbermore. The Bield is 1/2 a mile ahead on the left.
21 – 24 November 2019 at the SEC in Glasgow
Opening Hours and Tickets
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30th August to 1st September 2019 at Aberdeen Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS
Public Opening Hours 2019 & Ticket Costs
Friday 30th August (Preview Evening)
6.00pm – 9.00pm – Click For Details
Saturday 31st August
10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday 1st September
10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday Adults £4.00
Children under 15 Free.
Free Children’s Arts Club on Sat/Sun.
It’s a super busy week here in the studio preparing for not one, not two, but three amazing events across Scotland this coming weekend!
My work will be exhibited and on sale in Glasgow, Perth & Aberdeen and I hope you’ll be able to visit! For an idea of what works will be on display, check out the video below:
GLASGOW (Friday to Sunday)
Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair
Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May at Kelvingrove.
I will have all 24 of the artworks in my Fine Art Collection available framed (just one of each!) and 1-2 unframed limited editions too. I’m excited to be showing my works so far from 2019 for the first time and have a couple of them available as stunning 30×20 inch framed aluminium limited editions at the show!
If you would like to attend on Saturday or Sunday, you can use the below flyer to get free entry. Simply print it out and bring it along.
PERTH (Thursday to Sunday)
ArTay Exhibition (curated by Frames Gallery)
Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May in the marquee outside Perth Concert Hall and Perth Museum.
This free exhibition displays hundreds of works by local emerging and established artists. It’s a great opportunity to see works of all types and see how much creativity there is in Perthshire! I will have 6 artworks exhibited at the event from my 2016-2017 collection.
Charity Art Exhibition in aid of Charlie House
Saturday 18th May at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen
2pm-5pm: Open to public (discretionary charity donation at the door)
Over 50 local and acclaimed artists have donated artworks for this charity exhibition & auction at this event in Aberdeen.
Two of my aluminium limited editions will be exhibited and on sale at the event. Each priced at £995, 50% of proceeds go to the charity – meaning if my works both sell, that’s a grand for a very worthy cause!
For further details check out my blog post about the event.
In aid of children’s charity Charlie House, over 50 local and acclaimed artists have donated artworks for exhibition & auction at this event in Aberdeen.
I will have two artworks exhibited and available to purchase at the event: The Flocking Tree and The Prince, both as amazing limited edition 36×24 inch aluminium prints. Each will be for sale at £995 with 50% of the value donated to Charlies House. That means if they both sell, that’s nearly a grand of funding for this wonderful charity!
The Chester Hotel
59-63 Queen’s Rd,
Date, Time & Tickets
Saturday 18th May, 2019
2pm-5pm: Open to public (discretionary charity donation at the door)
From 7pm: Wine & canapes reception – £15/person. Tickets from email@example.com