We had a visit to Cove Harbour a wee while back. It is just down the coast from Edinburgh, between Dunbar and Eyemouth, near Cockburnspath. It is a favourite location for photographers and artists, but one that we hadn’t visited before, which is surprising given it is only a drive of about an hour so from the city.
We parked in Cove, at the top of the cliff, and then did the loop walk down to the harbour, up along the cliffs and then back around along the quiet road that goes to Pease Bay.
And so to some photos. We start with a view of Cove Bay and then the tunnel that is cut through the cliff to allow entry to the eastern side of the harbour.
We then went back through the tunnel to have a look at the western side of the harbour.
And then a walk back up to the clifftop to walk along towards Pease Bay. Here you can see the view looking westwards, showing the rocky nature of the coast surrounding the harbour.
Finally, a ruined cottage at the turning point back towards Cove.
Some More Images Of Leith and Our Weekend -10% Offer.
Following on from our Leith post last week, here’s another selection of Leith images for you, plus details (at the bottom) of our special weekend offer on prints. A longer post, again, but hopefully you enjoy the mini tour of an intriguing part of the city.
We start in the dark. These shots were taken about a week ago, when the cold weather was kicking in. A couple from The Shore first.
And next up is the entrance to The Port of Leith, with some nice columns of light reflected in the harbour.
The 22 bus, about to leave Ocean Terminal to head to The Gyle Centre, on the other side of town, followed by a late night bus stop.
One of the bridges over The Water Of Leith, as it heads towards the port area.
Next, from yesterday, the icy, cold blueness of the partly frozen port area.
And finally, this is the last weekend of our ‘Urban Noir’ Exhibition, so we will be present from 11-17:00 today and tomorrow and are offering 10% off print sales and orders (excluding etchings) on these days at The Image Collective, an excellent and eclectic gallery space on the top floor, opposite the Britannia; we have framed, mounted and rolled prints. We also have two hand printed etchings available framed or mounted. If there are any other images you are interesting in buying prints of that are not in the exhibition let us know.
Our exhibition in Leith has made us think about the area and its relationship to Edinburgh; they may be joined now but once Leith was separated from the city and was the major port serving Edinburgh and beyond, whether it was shipping goods in and out or people. It was briefly the centre of power while Marie of Guise, mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, ruled the country from Leith before being forced to retreat to Edinburgh Castle by Scottish Protestant nobles supported by English troops who docked in Leith. When Mary returned from France to the land of her birth, she arrived at Leith port and was distinctly underwhelmed at the lack of a reception.
Leith has a strong industrial and trade heritage with glass, soap, whisky, lead, whaling and, of course, ship building all featuring. It was also well known for its bonded warehouses for whisky, wine and port – many of these have now been converted into flats or offices.
Finally, it has a personal link as Paul’s parents married in the old Norwegian Seaman’s church which is now the Leith School of Art.
The first photos are from Leith Street, at the very top of Leith Walk. Although not actually in Leith itself, this was and remains the main route to Leith from central Edinburgh. A huge development is underway to remove the hideous brutalist St James’ Centre and New St Andrew’s House so currently, it is very congested.
This image was shot from the ‘twisty walkway’ that goes over the street and into the soon to vanish St James Shopping centre, taken before sunrise (yes, Paul was so excited by the snow that he got up before dawn…at the weekend…!) back in January this year with falling snow.
This is the ‘twisty walkway’ which is being removed as part of the redevelopment. Hopefully, it can be used elsewhere.
This disappeared in the last year or so with the opening of the new restaurant, Origano below.
Continuing down to the bottom, there is the Foot Of the Walk pub which serves breakfast. Several Leith pubs are open very early in the morning traditionally for dock workers coming off a night shift and sometimes city centre clubbers end up down in Leith to keep the party going!
Leith is not so short of pubs, they need pointing out.
Beyond the end of Leith Walk, you move into Constitution Street which is near the so called banana flats which featured in the film, Trainspotting , and some fine old buildings harking back to when well-to-do ship owners and traders set up home and work nearby.
Further on in the port area, the Water of Leith meets the sea providing great opportunities for reflective shots.
There is a wonderful old swing bridge which used to take traffic before redevelopment and building of Victoria Quay, the Scottish Government office. Now, it makes a great spot for looking back across the shore.
‘Urban Noir’ Exhibition is on display at The Image Collective, an excellent and eclectic gallery space on the top floor, opposite the Britannia, where our images are all available to buy; we have framed, mounted and rolled prints. We also have two hand printed etchings available framed or mounted. If there are any other images you are interesting in buying prints of that are not in the exhibition let us know.
‘Urban Noir’ – New Photographic Print Exhibition – November 2016
We’ve had a break from social media, including the blog, to let us re-charge our batteries after two Exhibitions back to back in July (Retina) and August (Dazzle).
Opening tomorrow night and running for November, we’ll have ‘Urban Noir’ at The Image Collective in Ocean Terminal in Leith, a nice gallery space on the top floor, opposite Britannia.
If you don’t know it, Ocean Terminal has a cinema, a range of food options and shops, nearby, there’s Leith, a fine place for eating and drinking, with some great locations for photos for any photographers out there.
You can get a preview of the images we are showing in our website gallery and these are all available to buy as framed, mounted or rolled prints. We also have two hand printed etchings available. If there are any other images you are interesting in buying prints of that are not in the exhibition let us know.
Limited Edition (of 6 each) Etched Prints at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition
We’re into the last few days for our exhibition, ‘Edinburgh – Our City’, which includes a wide range of etchings and prints for sale showing our take on our home city, Edinburgh. It runs until Monday the 29th August, open daily from 10:00 until 18:00.
In this post, we are highlighting Misty Meadows and Clearing Haar, our limited edition etchings created by Paul, who studied Toyobo & Photopolymer at the Edinburgh Printmakers’ Studio. He learnt to turn a digital image into an etched plate and then create prints by hand from the plate. He has created limited editions of 6 each of these 2 etchings. One each has been hand-framed by a local framer in a box mount which gives a slight floating effect. They are also available unframed and mounted.
The limited edition etching, Misty Meadows, was taken in the Meadows last November – while everybody else was complaining about the cold, damp and misty weather, Paul was making the most of its photographic opportunities – there’s no such thing as bad weather for a photographer.
Lynn used to work in St Andrew’s House and often took advantage of its central position with many iconic views. Clearing Haar, the other limited edition etching, was taken from the balcony at the back of St Andrew’s House as the sun set on a misty Edinburgh capturing the diffuse light and making the roof of the station look more like sea than something solid.