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Enchanted Forest 2013

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!


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Breaking My Own Rules

It’s about time, isn’t it? I’ve been contemplating a blog for months. And I’ve been contemplating a new website for years. Unfortunately, I’m a perfectionist and I won’t finish something until I know it’s just right.

So I’ve decided to break my own rules.

This heralds my new blog and my new website, rolled into one. My content is scattered all over the web and that’s where it’s going to stay for now but at least this site will point us in the right direction for everything. And it will evolve into my idea of perfection.

I spent years blogging on behalf of BBC’s River City so it’s a little strange to be writing about my own, non-fictional world. I believe a blog is best when it has a niche voice, a specialist subject, an obvious target audience. I guess I’m going to break my rules again.

If it’s anything like my Twitter account, this blog will feature a lot of photographs (pop stars, people, pets and parties), too much telly talk, a dangerous addiction to the internet and social media, other people’s spelling mistakes (with photographic evidence), some hippy health chat and the steep learning curve of running a business… now available in over 140 characters!

I hope you’ll hang around to see what it becomes.

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