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Shadows of War Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea

A great exhibition focusing exclusively on Roger Fenton’s pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew’s to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies against Russia.  Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops, as well as capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives.


At The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse until November, well worth a visit.

The Queen’s Garden Party

One day I’ll get a real job!

Those of you who are regulars to my blog will know how much I love my job, and this is one of the reasons why!

I was commissioned to cover The Queen’s Garden Party at The Palace of HolyroodHouse.

I’ve photographed the Royal Family on many an occasion over the years but this is my first garden party.

What a great day and not even a typical Scottish summers day dampened the occasion, everyone I spoke to and photographed were loving it, from the ladies of the woman’s institute to serving and ex members of our amazing armed forces.



My favorite pix 0f 2014

It’s been another great year, now in my 14th year as a freelance photographer…wow can’t believe where the time has gone!
Over the years I have been privileged to photograph some amazing things, meeting some great people and traveling to places I would never think of going to, all with there own individual challenges but I would not swap my job for anything else!
I have put together a few of my favorite images from 2014, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them! They all tell a different story and mean so many different things to me.
Nick Clegg / Spark Energy


Scottish Edge Final


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Glasgow

Andrew Fairlie/European Week for Waste Reduction.

Rob Clarke

Rob Clarke


Love Your Clothes

Save the Children Christmas jumper


Mad Hatter's Tea Party to Launch Strictly Come Prancing


Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games uniforms

Glasgow 2014

HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit to Glasgow

Some times you just have to love your job…
What a week, I had the rare occasion of taking a bank holiday off, had a great day out with the family.
Then it was back to work…one day I might just get a real job!
Had the great privilege of photographing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or as there known in Scotland The Earl and Countess of Strathearn.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Glasgow to tour the Emirates Arena, specially built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Glasgow

They were both great to photograph, nothing to challenging on the technical front.
Just making sure I got some great shots for my client…and of course the Duchess smiling.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Glasgow

12 year old Beth Gilmour who designed Clyde the official 2014 mascot meets the Duchess of Cambridge with Clyde!
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Glasgow

Prince William receives a gift from 7 year old Audrey Grevemberg.

And here’s one I did yesterday of Prince Charles sharing a joke with trainee chefs on the Prince’s Trust “get in to programme” at Dumfries House.
HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay

The Queen’s Gallery, Photographs of the Middle East – photocall

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East.
Great photocall this morning in what turned out to be a very busy day!
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Photographer Francis Bedford (the first ever royal photographer) accompanied the future king, ( King Edward VII) The Prince of Wales who was sent on a four-month ground breaking educational tour of the Middle East in 1862.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople
The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. He met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and traveled in a manner unassociated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents. On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that the public had ever seen.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Now the photographs of the four-month-long tour, which was organised by Queen Victoria to occupy a 20-year-old Prince after he left university, have gone on display for the first time in 150 years.
Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, is playing host to a major new exhibition charting the tour, the images of which were said to offer the outside world some of the first glimpses of the Middle East.

Former Beirut hostage John McCarthy, who is making a BBC documentary charting the life of Bedford, launched the exhibition.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

And while my colleagues took a well-deserved rest I was off to the next job!

The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Lighting the Jubilee Beacon at Edinburgh Castle… « Sandy Young Photography Blog

Lighting the Jubilee Beacon at Edinburgh Castle… « Sandy Young Photography Blog.

Lighting the Jubilee Beacon at Edinburgh Castle…

With more than 4000 Jubilee beacons being lit around the world to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

It was the turn of Edinburgh to light their beacon at the stunning venue of Edinburgh Castle.

I had to be there for 10pm tonight, as I walked up the empty esplanade on my own and knocked on the big castle doors, I was pointed up to Mons Meg, it was a eerie walk up as usually when I visit the Castle it is awash with tourists from all over the world.

Over to General Nick Eeles, Governor of Edinburgh Castle who had the honor of lighting the flame.

Below after it was lit the sunset was stunning with a few onlookers admiring the beacon.

Queens Diamond Jubilee « Sandy Young Photography Blog

Queens Diamond Jubilee « Sandy Young Photography Blog.

Queens Diamond Jubilee

Feels like the whole of the UK has gone Jubilee mad!
With every Tom, Dick and shop jumping on the Union Jack bandwagon.
had a quick job in Edinburgh today, so managed to fit in wee jubilee picture as well…

A week photographing Prince Charles…

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles.
I had six commissions during the week photographing Prince Charles during his weeklong engagements in Scotland.

The first image were from a reception for the Prince’s Trust at The Palace of Holyrood House. I have shot in the Palace many a time and the rooms are stunning just what you would expect from a royal palace…large wonderful tapestries depicting a range of historical events from a time when “great” was still in Great Britain!

The second couldn’t have been more different, on board Marine Scotland’s new research vessel during a visit to Leith harbour he helped serve up fish & chips in the ship’s galley.

Below he addressed the sixth World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh at the EICC.
And then off to the National Museum for Scotland to hand out awards at the Scottish Business in the Community, 30th Anniversary Dinner

Another reception…Don’t think I released just how hard the Royal family works, until you see it first hand over a few days.
Then a tour round Craigroyston Community High School where he stopped and engaged with pupils and staff.
What a week great fun and managed to get a fantastic set of images while keeping my distance an observing the Royal protocols.
A long week shooting all day then editing well in to the wee hours, to get the images over to my clients. I also shot a video of HRH making his speech at the EICC, edited and uploaded to clients website within a few hours.