Closes, Ferrari’s and all day drinking
I have to say that this has been an interesting project so far, for me at least. From a photography point of view it’s done what I wanted, to challenge me to do something new with photography, to break free from the shackles of tons of equipment and just roam with a camera and one lens. It’s kind of liberating and you start to see the whole world as a potential photograph. I have heard it said that everywhere you look there is a photograph, you just need to find it.
I’ve also been really encouraged to the responses to this blog. From a standing start it’s built up some decent momentum which is great. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep up the daily posting but as long as I’ve got a stock of shots I’ll try and keep it updated daily, not that easy with the dark nights now upon us!
So this is Waverley Bridge which spans Waverely, Scotland largest train station. In the shadow of it’s bigger brother, the North Bridge this acts as a link between the old and new town areas of the city. Always a hive of activity with the station’s main entrances half way along.
Just up the road a bit, up the hill towards the Mound are the Playfair Steps, a busy place cutting through from the National Gallery to the top of the Mound. East Princes Street gardens and the Scott Monument to the left.
If you look about around here there are loads of little closes cutting up to the high street, every one different from the last. It’s a rabbit warren of little streets around here, worth a few hours poking around. You’d be amazed at what you find in there and I’m not just referring to the junkies and wino’s that linger around the area…
Crossing over the top of the Royal Mile a regualr sight is a Ferrari parked on the double yellows. Belonging to the Gold Brothers who own half the shops on the Royal Mile, the car’s seem to be as popular with the tourists as the more usual sights around here. Today it’s a white Ferrari 458 Italia but I’ve seen a few different models parked here over the years.
If you keep on going past the Royal Mile you can find your way down to Victoria Terrace which runs above Victoria Street. A busy street connecting the Grassmarket with George IV Bridge. There’s a few pubs and restaurants down this way, all day drinking fairly popular in Edinburgh.
Looking down Victoria Street from the junction with George IV Bridge.
And lets finish up with a shot of the Cowgate from George IV Bridge, which was taken through the mesh fence up the side of the bridge. Why the mesh? Well, because some complete Einstein no doubt full of Stella decided it would be a splendid idea to chuck a sandbag from the nearby roadworks over the edge of the bridge into the street below so now the bridges are fenced off to try and stop a repeat. Seriously, there are some amazingly thick individuals about.