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I’ve been photographing The Enchanted Forest for years. I’m always laden with camera gear and dressed oh-so-sexily in warm clothes, wellies, a waterproof jacket and a cosy hat that makes me look like a child. As usual, I stocked up on handwarmers a few weeks in advance and prepared myself for all eventualities. Sadly, my camera’s rain cover and the ‘shower caps’ to keep my bags dry were needed as heavy rain descended upon us. When it comes to the crunch, my camera gear has to be kept dry and it really doesn’t matter that my own hood has to be discarded cos it comes between my eyes and my viewfinder.
The weather made it a more challenging shoot but, despite the difficulties caused by raindrops on my lens, wet hands and a slippery tripod, it was a pretty amazing night. The views, as ever, were gorgeous. It’s fascinating to see how the clever creatives behind the event can turn Faskally Wood into a new spectacle every year.
The title of the 2013 show is ‘Absorb’ and please permit me a moment of bragging: one of my photos from last year’s event is the backdrop to this year’s marketing materials, visible on the website, posters and (hurrah!) billboards across the country, among other things. It’s my first billboard. I’m pretty excited.
Anyway, as you’ll see from my photos, there’s plenty to be absorbed by in the forest this year. The bridge looks stunning in a sweeping net of fairy lights, there are colour-changing orbs resting on the loch, an interactive globe for touch play, a huge pseudo-moon in the trees, and (one of my favourite bits) a large stretch of forest lit up in a display that’s choreographed to orchestral music. I like to call it Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark but many have told me that’s not funny and it’s just showing my age
I’m back there tonight so watch this space for more photos!
Here’s what happened at the launch of my exhibition! Brilliant video by Woods Noble Media (if you excuse the fact I’m in it). The exhibition run has been extended so my pictures will now be decorating the walls of Curlers Rest until the 14th August.
You can see what happened behind the scenes during the set up of my exhibition launch in this video.
I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who came along to my launch at Curlers Rest last night. It was an amazing night and I’m blown away by the comments from everyone. I’ll post a proper update soon (I am shattered and have other work to complete before I can properly recover!) but I think it’s safe to say it was a great success. You can now view and purchase the photos online.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be launching my Photo Showcase at Curlers Rest in Glasgow’s West End on Wednesday 11th May 2011. I’ll be taking over the walls of their upstairs bar for a couple of months, showing puffins, meerkats, creative abstracts and aspects of Scotland.
I’m using this as an excuse for a wee get-together on the night. A tweetup, a party, an excuse for me to wear a nice frock. If you’d like to come along from 8pm on Wednesday night then please RSVP on the Eventbrite page.