Wednesday 27 June 2012: seeus soon
As you might have gathered I was one of the lucky five blippers invited to the press photocall for the new project which goes live a midnight and will feature in tomorrow's Scotsman.
Suffice it so say the project looks exciting (especially given the partners and those involved) and though we went to the press call today, none of us know precisely what it is exactly...a blank page with a story (and pictures) to come no doubt, if what is in Ian Rankin's hands has anything to go by.
This is the first time i've photographed a high profile individual at a press call. It was interesting, but I found my general fear of asking people pose for shots was magnified in the pack, and this one was nabbed over the shoulder of one of the Scotsman staffers.
Mr.Rankin was a bit perturbed by the thought of the book getting wet. Instead of agreeing and talking about my love of books including his I lamely squeaked 'its the same with me and cameras'...actually my camera goes out in the rain all the time. I actually wanted to ask him if he thought in words or images, and where he felt the top places in Edinburgh for street photography were. But I didn't. After all it wasn't an interview.
It's strange. In my job I am totally cool with talking to celebs, ministers etc. But strap on a camera and things change. I am reading a book about Freud at the moment. There must be something in that...unresolved neuroses, long lenses, and role confusion.
In fact Ian Rankin was a total star. I wanted to get something of the mechanics of a shoot, and this one was my runner up...a speedlight in the guts, an empty book to read from, and rain piling down whilst standing on a bench on top of the city you are the latest in a long line to immortalise in words. Ah the life.
I also liked this because it was my attempt to come up with another angle, and
this, because as blippers we know that behind every creative genius, there is often another crouching with a camera.
I also got some corkers for the blipfoto staff caption competition. But they are not for everyone's eyes.
It was lovely to get away from a busy week for an hour, and I am ever grateful to blip for affording us the opportunity to do different things photographically.
Then this afternoon I was invited to a meeting which really stretched my thinking, in an exciting way indeed. Oh, and got two huge bits of work off my desk and off into the world.
Now I just need to think of a blip 1000 theme for Friday.