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I photographed PAX in the City at The George Hotel in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. It’s a fantastic event run by The PA Exchange and is, rather unsurprisingly, aimed at helping PAs, EAs, office managers and secretaries network and find suppliers. The organisers and exhibitors really push the boat out to make a visually interesting, fun social evening that’s far more than merely a chance to connect with people standing behind stalls. That makes for great photo opportunities. And that makes me happy.
As you’ll spot in the pictures, I also exhibited at PAX, unveiling new flyers, a new photo display, new business cards and a raft of other promotional bits and pieces. The wee man in my logo (he’s known as ticketman) came to life in some curious ways: custom-made gingerbread men that were given away to all the guests, plastic table confetti and he’s even been turned into a charm on a necklace that I am a little bit in love with.
Thanks to the PAX organisers for a great event, to all the exhibitors who made such an effort, to the guests who posed for pics and to those of you who stopped by my stall to admire the photos, enter the competition and have a chat. I look forward to catching up with you again soon.
Note to exhibitors: I have more photos of the event so may have captured you and your stall on camera. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to see the rest or use any online.
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!
I’ve spent the last two nights lurking with my camera in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry, capturing the beauty of The Enchanted Forest. I’ll tell you more when I’ve fully recovered but, for now, here are a few of my photos. AND you may like to know that they all feature in the new Enchanted Forest calendar for 2013 and it’s available to buy online now. Yup, we really are that fast.*
+++UPDATE+++ The calendar is now available to buy in Fisher’s Hotel and Just The Ticket, both in Atholl Road, Pitlochry.
*Now you know why I need to recover
I popped into Rutherglen on Friday to watch the Olympic Torch on its travels through Scotland. I drove by half an hour before it arrived and the streets were empty so we were a bit complacent about finding a good spot. By the time we got there, there were swarms of people sporting flags and smiles.
I put my “tiny person at a big gig” skills to good use and found a way through the crowd, with Mum pushing my niece in her buggy in my wake, to grab a good vantage point. Considering nobody really knew what to expect, it was a brilliant atmosphere, a rare glimpse of positive community spirit.
Bunting and police lined the Main Street as the first of the torch’s entourage trundled along the road. We welcomed random folk waving from giant trucks and buses, courtesy of the event’s sponsors. Senses were overwhelmed by commercialism. Everyone cheered. Then there was a short lull and I actually started to wonder if the torch had been on top of a bus and I’d missed it. Was that why folk were cheering?!
Then the man and his torch arrived. White shellsuit, big grin, waves and a flame that defied the drizzle. And it was quite exciting although I’m still not sure why.
It’s been odd and a little annoying to see London 2012 flags just round the corner from my flat in Glasgow and it’s unlikely I’ll watch any of the Olympics so I had no great yearning to see the torch but we thought it would be a good thing to take my niece to. She’s too young and was distinctly underwhelmed but at least we can say she’s seen it, years from now. And it really is once in a lifetime that the Olympic torch passes the end of your street.
I’ve spent hours in the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry over the last few nights, taking photographs to turn into calendars, greetings cards, postcards and prints. I’d love to tell you more but I’m up to my eyes in multi-coloured trees, moon-like objects, leaves and stairs that glow in the dark. *Update!* You can now buy official Enchanted Forest merchandise right here.
I’ve put loads of my Enchanted Forest pictures on my Facebook page. And there are more to come. I hope you like them.
Many, many Paws in the Park at yesterday’s doggy event in Rouken Glen Park. I confess I paid more attention to cuddles than photos but I hope you like this lot. It was incredibly hard not to take some of the puppies home.
I spent last weekend at T in the Park, shooting promotional pictures for the festival organisers, DF Concerts, and I found a little time to photograph a few bands. Lots more to show’n'tell soon but here are some photos of Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Slash and Ocean Colour Scene.