Friday, 31 July 2009

HRH The Princess Royal

Around 70 members and friends of Medical Research Scotland attended a reception in the Evening Drawing Room of Holyrood Palace in the company of the charity's patron HRH The Princess Royal. The evening was organised by Panoply Events.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

American Activist

American activist, new-media guru, imposter, investigative journalist, culture-jamming artist, environmental protester, author, researcher and film-maker, Mike Bonanno photographed in Dundee. Read Mike's story here. Photographed for Scotland on Sunday Spectrum Magazine.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Hear, hear, the pipes are calling...

The skirl of the bagpipes can now be heard around Edinburgh Castle as Roddy the Piper will be playing daily throughout the summer season. The initiative by Historic Scotland will see visitors welcomed the castles imposing wooden entrance gates at 9.30 each morning, with performances also taking place before the firing of The One O'clock Gun. The picture shows Roddy wearing the Red Ramsay tartan in full highland dress.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The Gathering 2009

Over 50,000 people attended The Gathering 2009 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh last weekend. Visitors included Clan members from all over the world and enjoyed entertainment from the best of Scotland music scene which included Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers who played the main stage Saturday and Sunday. One of the highlights of Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Aisling's Children

Performed at Edinburgh Castle as part of The Gathering 2009, Aisling's Children tells Scotland's Story from The Declaration of Arbroath, through wars and battles, the Clearances and tales of Homecomings. I was lucky to one of only two photographers to be given access to the performances on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Friday, 24 July 2009

The Hidden Jewel

The final dramatic performance of The Hidden Jewel took place last night in the grounds of Dunollie House near Oban. The open air theatre production tells the story of the Brooch of Lorn and the history of Clan MacDougall performed by the Walking Theatre Company. This week also saw the launch of the Dunollie Appeal which aims to raise £1.8m to allow the Clan seat of Dunollie House to be opened to the public for the first time in its history.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

McDougall Gathering

The Oban Gaelic Choir entertain hundreds of McDougalls from all over the world last night at the Argyll Gathering hall in Oban. The dinner was the highlight of a week of events to celebrate the Clan McDougall homecoming. Other events include The Hidden Jewel, an outdoor theatre performance which tells the story of the Lorn Brooch and takes place in the grounds of Dunollie Castle.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Just A Moment

The latest edition of Lifetimes, the Scottish Widows magazine features an image of Chris Low who plays for the Scottish Widows Cricket Team. Lifetimes is produced by Edinburgh based White Light Media who are one of my favourite agencies to work with - a great partnership between designer and photographer.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

A Stitch in Time

Feature for Spectrum Magazine on three Edinburgh dressmakers Rowan Joy McIntosh, Gwenyth Paterson and Katherine Walker, all part of a new trend of people designing, sewing and customising their own fashions. Full article here.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Come In, Come Out of The Rain

The heavens opened half an hour before Simple Minds took to the stage at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday night. However the deluge was soon forgotten as frontman Jim Kerr opened with appropriately named song, 'Waterfront'. The last of this year's Castle Concerts season.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Duran Duran

Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon rocks the sell out crowd at Edinburgh Castle last night. The 80's popsters were joined on stage by Mark Ronson. Part of the Castle Concerts season.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Hoecoming Day at The Open

First Minister Alex Salmond joined up with Scottish golfing legend Sam Torrance at Turnberry yesterday to play a few holes at the Homecoming Scotland Putting Green. Part of Homecoming Day at the Open. More images here.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Burns in Stirling

Three exclusive evening tours of Stirling Castle have been arranged by Historic Scotland to celebrate Robert Burns' links with Stirling and the castle. Dates are Fridays 7th, 14th and 21st August at 6.30 pm. More info here. Picture which shows Chris Tait as Robert Burns achieved extensive coverage in the press.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

St Andrews Community Hopsital

Detail of St Andrews Community Hospital in St Andrews, Fife which will open its doors to patients next month.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash wowed the audience at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday night. Part of the 2009 Castle Concerts season.

Friday, 10 July 2009

In My Element

Food photography for Element Restaurant and Bar on Rose Street, Edinburgh. Element is known as Rose Street's first style bar and has built a reputation on it's food. Part of the Signature Pubs group.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Jousting Around

Cousins Christopher and Ewan Spence get in some jousting practice for the Jousting Spectacular which is taking place at Linlithgow Palace on the 11th and 12th July from 12.30 until 4.30pm each day.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Edinburgh's Best Kept Secret

Back to The Signet Library in Edinburgh last night to photograph the room set up for long term client Heritage Portfolio who have just signed a new contract with The Signet to provide hospitality, catering and event management. One of the most beautiful buildings in Edinburgh and a favourite to photograph.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

First Minister Launches Latest Homecoming Guide at Boat Festival

First Minister Alex Salmond launched the latest edition of the Homecoming Scotland guide at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy this weekend. The guide is packed with almost 200 events over the next 6 months of the Homecoming year. More photographs here. And on the BBC Website here.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Miss Scotland knows the Drill

Miss Scotland Katherine Brown swapped a tennis racket for a drill when she dropped into Stirling the other day to open the new premises of Fasco which supplies tools and clothing to trades people.

Friday, 3 July 2009

The Lion and The Unicorn

Two of the great symbols of Scottish Royalty come to life on Edinburgh Castle esplanade to welcome visitors. The characters are being introduced for a trail period from Monday 6th July as part of ongoing development to enhance Scotland's premier paid for visitor attraction.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Homecoming Scotland Website

A selection of photographs and a review from the recent Royal Highland Show on the Homecoming Scotland 2009 website. Also a great site to find out about all things Homecoming.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Stag on the Crags

Salisbury Crag in Edinburgh illuminated by the pioneers of world malt whisky: William Grant, Glenfiddich founder, Masataka Takesuru, forefather of Japanese Whisky and Bill Lark, godfather of Australian whisky. The history and expansion of malt Scotch whisky is to be discussed and debated at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 24th July. More info here.