edinburgh festival


Very much an experimental image, this portrait was made at the Edinburgh Festival, the subject being one of the many street performers to be found there.

The point of the image was nothing more than to extract the subject from the background, which was far too messy, and to isolate him against a cleaner background. This was the result of that.


This was really nothing more than experimentation with a new masking technique I was trying out. Although I’m reasonably pleased with the image, I feel it still needs a little work in some areas – or rather, I need a little more practice with the technique. That said, not bad for a first attempt.

The Artist, Drawing

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Journal, Photography, Portraits | Leave a comment
The Artist, Drawing - © willomailley.com

The Artist, Drawing - © willomailley.com

This image was made in Edinburgh during the festival and caused something of an argument.

A camera crew (one cameraman and his female producer) were filming the artist drawing the portrait of the lady. While I was making this image, the cameraman stood directly in front of me, blocking my view, and when I pointed this out to him, both he and the producer were exceptionally rude and arrogant – something which annoyed two other members of the public nearby, who both commented on their rudeness.

That aside, I like this image of the pencil portrait. I did not see the finished sketch, so can only imagine how it looked.

But I can attest that the artist was capturing the likeness of the lady very well.

The Look of Love

The Look Of Love - © willomailley.com

The Look Of Love - © willomailley.com

I photographed this couple in Edinburgh as part of the Festival Fringe. She looked at him and gave him that deep and knowing look which said so much without the need to utter a single word. The image was made.

Edinburgh Festival 2011

Musician, With Dreadlocks - © willomailley.com

Musician, With Dreadlocks - © willomailley.com

As another Edinburgh Festival draws to a close, this seems like a good time to look back at the event. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been through to Edinburgh on several occasions and walked every inch of the Royal Mile numerous times. The good thing about the Festival is that it presents numerous opportunities for portrait photography, something I learned last year.

This year, I decided that I wanted to make some good character portraits – I didn’t want anything which was obviously from the Festival. That meant no faces with odd make-up or looking too theatrical. Just good, strong portraits.

In the end, I made seven portrait with which I am pleased. All monochrome. There is one exception to the rule stated above – a portrait of a man dressed as Charlie Chaplin; this was such a strong portrait that I include it in the list and it doesn’t scream ‘Edinburgh Festival’.

The portraits have proven to be a good opportunity to hone my processing skills, although I tend to keep these fairly minimal – curves adjustment, toning, layering, sharpening and cropping.

The Festival has been densely packed and great fun this year, and has left me with some images I really like. What more could I want?