I have started a new project.
Formerly St John's Church, now an events venue called The Hub, this was one of the first photographs I took when I arrived in Edinburgh back in 2011. I am still stunned by the beauty of this city.
In the last three and a half years I have amassed thousands of photographs from amazing experiences I have had both at home and abroad. Most of these photos have not even made their way on to Facebook, let alone onto a blog. I have certainly shared some of these experiences on social media however, mostly through quite regular Instagram posts. Although I am also ususally snapping photographs with either my digital or manual SLRs, the immediacy of Intsagram takes some of the work out of sharing these photographs online. When I can post a photo that sums up what I'm up to within seconds of it happening, I no longer have to rush home, edit and upload the moments I have just captured because anyone who cares has probably already seen it.
A pilgrimage of sorts. On my first full day in Edinburgh I visited this cafe, famous for being one of the locations where a pre-international best seller J.K. Rowling wrote those books about a boy wizard you may have heard about.
This was the beginning of an amazing weekend with new friends. A walk to Calton Hill, my first look at a proper Edinburgh flat, the best bolognese I have ever had (thanks, Tish!), a trip to the Farmer's Market, a sunny stroll through a cemetary and my first ever car boot sale.
However, now that I have returned from Edinburgh I now want nothing more than to relive those moments. In Amy Poehler's memoir, Yes Please (which I devoured on the plane back to Toronto), she states that "time travel is real." Now this is not the timey-wimey time travel that we have become accustomed to, but instead it is a reminder to live in the moment and pay attention. We can time travel any time we like, we just need to consciously create memories so we can return once more. I lived in the moment on many occasions over the last three years and made memories (assisted by photographs). So let's time travel, shall we?
The infamous Hog Roll from Oink. This shop has a whole roast pig in their window every day and when it's gone, it's gone. Served with sage and onion stuffing and apple sauce, it's possibly one of the more delicious things you can find in Edinburgh. Check out that crackling.
I ventured into the Pentland Hills just south of Edinburgh for the first time in November 2011 with Tish and Caomihe. It would not be the last time I made this city escape.
I have created a Flickr account where I will be uploading all of my photos from the last several years. I will be editing and uploading over the next few months and as I time travel through my computer's archives I will share some of the memories I come across on my blog. The experiences I had and the people I experienced them with deserve to be immortalised in some way as they have had such a great impact on my life.
I took the train down to London in November 2011 under the guise of a "mental break." Really I just wanted to see the Christmas lights.
In January, Caoimhe and I visited Linlithgow, a small town about a 30 minute train journey from Edinburgh toward Glasgow. It was a gloriously sunny day and I took some of my favourite photographs there, including this one I snapped after we climbed to the tallest tower of Linlithgow Palace.
Today I uploaded to my Flickr account the photos that actually managed to see the light of day, either on Facebook or on the blog I started when I first moved to Edinburgh. Throughout this post I have shared some of my favourite memories (and favourite photographs!) from this selection.
In the early spring I went to North Berwick with a group of friends for a wee day trip. It was terribly rainy but it was a terribly fun day. One highlight that stands out in my mind is when attempting to find a shortcut to Tantallon castle we found ourselves scurrying through a field of horses. Yes, we were that close.
In April I visited London again, this time to meet up with my dear friend Ally. This is a great shot but probably not my favourite of the whole trip as we visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour! That deserves a post on it's own though, so keep an eye out for that!
As I continue to time travel I will revisit these memories in more of a long form, photo diary style. I am excited to continue with this project, to relive some of my favourite memories and flex my editing muscles while I do. I hope you enjoy this foray into my memories. Perhaps it will inspire you to look back as well, or even look forward to making your own memories either in these places I talk about or whereever you plan on having your next adventure.
In May Ally visited Edinburgh and together we tackled Arthur's Seat. This is Ally looking out toward North Berwick before we made the final ascent. This plateau is one of my favourite spots in Edinburgh.
After handing in our dissertations at the end of August, I went to France with a group of friends on holiday. Much of our trip involved wine, cheese and sitting on beaches. But one day, accompanied by the other three North Americans on the trip (and one Dutchman), we took a trip to visit Normandy and Juno Beach and their corresponding Memorial Cemetaries. Visiting these memorials was a poignant and emotional moment for all of us (and for different reasons). Although it is not the happiest memory I have from that trip, it is certainly the most important because I learned a lot; about war, about my friends, and about the world.
And that is an experience I would not trade for anything.