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Bo’Ness Revival


I’ve always fancied going to the Bo’Ness Revival, a classic car hill climb event revived in 2007 but for one reason or another usually due to work commitments I’ve never managed along so I finally made it this year…71 years after the fist British hill climb was held at Kinneil Estate in 1947!

One camera and one lens, none of the usual two cameras four lens a set of lights and a laptop I would usually turn up to on a shoot, well it was my day off!

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I was hopping for a nice sunny day but the Scottish weather didn’t let me down…it rained, that small stuff that really gets you wet! But it didn’t deter me from enjoying my day, there was so many classic cars just in the car park (which was free,hats off to the organisers for this), I parked up next to a DeLorean, also spotted a really nice Alfa, a Jag and a few MG’s all before I got to the entrance!

What a great collection of classic and vintage cars, the best bit walking round the paddock seeing all the cars getting prepped for the hill climb.

Spotted this lovly old 1957 Audi Auto Union 1000.

What a great day despite the weather, hopefully I’ll be back next year. Defiantly worth a visit, more than just the usual classic car show – paddock access and racing make it just that wee bit more special.

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Grand Central Hotel champagne bar gets a makeover.


The iconic Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow has given their champagne bar a bit of a makeover.

Nice wee job for a Friday morning with former Miss Scotland and TV presenter, Jennifer Reoch.

Love this iconic Champagne Bar with all it’s history and the old style décor mixed in with a blend of 21st century luxury.

Great shoot photographing the refurbished bar where the likes of Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire enjoyed a wee tipple!

 

Lunch with an Old Bag!


This is my sixth year photographing Lunch with an Old Bag and it just gets bigger and better!

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LWOB is an annual charity fundraiser on behalf of the Prince’s Trust Scotland at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh courtesy of owner James Thomson OBE and  raised a whopping £706,593!

The event was attended by a host of stars, including disco legends Sister Sledge, who doesn’t remember dancing to “we are family” and “lost in music” still sounded as good today and brought back some great memories from when I was a teenager at the local disco!

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Great to see the gorgeous Clare Grogan from Gregory’s Girl.

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Hosted by Des Clark who does an amazing job every year.

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I missed out on seeing comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli at the Fringe so this was a great surprise and he didn’t disappoint!

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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 Cloisters with an Iphone


I was passing Glasgow University yesterday and had a spare 15 mins to kill on the way to a job, and I love the Hunterian Museum but no time, so decided on a walk round the fabulous cloisters…again and a quick pic with my iphone!

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The remotest place on mainland UK!


I just love my job, I get to photograph so many different people and locations form all walks of life, I always find it very interesting getting an insight and knowledge in to so many different industries.

I would never get to so many places through my work and when an email dropped in for a shoot described as “the remotest part of the UK” I jumped at the chance…and the client wasn’t exaggerating!


I drove to Mallaig then crossed on a private ferry to Knoydart…one pub (which opens when the landlord can be bothered) and a school with 14 pupils!
Fantastic shoot with a real sense of being out in the wilderness, will have to go back at somepoint…

International Photography Award…


Nice surprise when I opened up my emails this morning, just found out I have been nominated in the Black and White Spider Awards, The International Awards Honoring Black & White Photography.

For this images I took while on holiday in Sri Lanka.

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