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visions of academia

At the end of last year we were commissioned to take eight portraits and a wrap-around cover image for The University of Edinburgh's Annual Review. Many moons ago we were both employed by the University, being familiar with physical layout of the campus as well as working within the educational system came in very handy. After an initial meeting with the client we were simply given an introduction to each of the sitters and we took it from there, obviously we kept our client up to date with our ideas and progress.

We met each of the sitters for a brief, informal chat in advance of their shoot in order to get an understanding of what they do and a feel for how we might portray them. This also gave the sitters a chance to meet us which always helps make things more relaxed during a shoot.

We then began looking for locations, seeking permissions, scheduling, logistics and making sure everyone was happy with what we proposed…thankfully everyone was.

Locations ranged from a science lab to a beach and a cow shed to a cafe, each being pertinent to the sitter's field of expertise. As well as being lovely people all of the sitters 'got' what we wanted to do which made working with them a pleasure…plus we got to see a VERY fancy robot and go to the beach!

The portraits were shot on our digital Hasselblad using a mix of flash and available light. The cover shot, which is a close up of the Principal's Robe, was lit using flash and a torch…you do what you have to do!

From initial meeting to image delivery only took a few weeks with most of the time being taken up waiting to fit in with the sitter's busy diaries.

A few days ago we met with the client to see the final publication and are happy to report that the University is delighted with our work and how we approached the commission…positive feedback is always very welcome!

Dr Liita Lyaloo Cairney © broad daylight


Dr Till Bachmann © broad daylight


Dr Deborah Fry © broad daylight


Dr Tilo Kunnath © broad daylight


Dr Sheila Rodgers © broad daylight


Professor Sethu Vijayakumar © broad daylight


Cathy Kitchen © broad daylight


Professor Geoff Simm © broad daylight


Principal's Robe © broad daylight


and relax!

Now that everone is back to work after the festive season and hopefully over the first few frenetic days, why not take a few moments to kickback and watch a video of some of our more recent work for some fantastic clients plus a sneaky peek at some of our personal images. You'll maybe have seen some of the shots before but there's also plenty of unpublished images too...enjoy!



the story behind a man and a dog

Below is our latest portrait for Elevator. Based in the North East, Elevator is a social enterprise offering support to entrepreneurs, employees and business leaders in Scotland.

The portrait is of Graeme Bone, Managing Director of Drum Property Group, who was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the annual Elevator awards ceremony last year. Graeme received the award due to his exceptional leadership in making the Drum Property Group one of the most successful commercial and residential development groups in the country.

The portrait is part of an on-going series that we produce for Elevator's 'Hall of Fame', which features other notables such as Deborah O'Neil, Ciaran Dreelan, Roy MacGregor and Andy Bird. 

We used a sleek, modern building at the Prime Four business park (a Drum Property Group development near Aberdeen) as a backdrop to the shot. We chose this particular building as we needed a background that was dynamic and uncluttered. We wanted the shot to reflect Graeme's leadership and personality, which is bold and precise in business and very relaxed away from work. He has a great love for family, friends and pets...hence the inclusion of Pepsi, his lovely pet labrador.

Both Graeme and Pepsi we're brilliant on the shoot, it's amazing the how well things go when you have a tennis ball in your hand...the ball was for Pepsi as Graeme needed very little direction! All joking aside Graeme was very kind and patient as were all the people we dealt with from Drum Property, namely Fife Hyland plus Keith, Carol and Colin.

For technical people out there we shot the image on a Hasselblad tethered to a Mac and straight into Phocus. We used Bowens QUAD 3KM heads running from an Explorer 1500 battery generator to light the scene. Post-processing took place in Lightroom and Photoshop.

We're pleased to report that Graeme is very happy with the portrait as are Gary McEwan (Chief Executive, Elevator) and Michelle Barclay (Communications Manager, Elevator).......Pepsi hasn't replied to any of our emails.

© broad daylight


Lung transplant charity raises over 20K

Warren Cummings died when he was 31. He worked until 6 months before his death when his lungs deteriorated and he died of pneumonia. 

Warren had been on the waiting list for assessment for a double lung transplant. The waiting time is typically 12 to 15 months and almost half of those with Cystic Fibrosis die whilst on the waiting list. Often donor lungs are not suitable for transplantation because of infection and inflammation but there is a suggestion that perfusion of donor lungs with appropriate drugs after removal from the donor might “recondition” the lung and make lungs, which were only marginally suitable, usable in needy patients. If this is confirmed, it may increase markedly the availability of lungs for transplantation and could shorten the waiting time.

Warren’s family and friends have established Warren’s Wish, with the support of the University of Edinburgh, to fund research in the Department of Surgery focussing on methodology to make more lungs available for transplantation in patients with Cystic Fibrosis and other life-limiting lung conditions.

Norma Kellet, together with her husband Walter Nimmo, arranged an art exhibition/sale in aid of the Warren's Wish charity to raise some funds for University research. Norma, who we've known for several years, asked if we would be willing to donate a photograph to the exhibition....we were of course happy to do so. We chose 'Meadows In The Snow', the best selling image from our Rebus's Scotland Fine Art Prints collection and we're happy to say that it sold helping to raise more than £20,000.

Click here for more information about Warren's Wish.

Click here for more information about Rebus's Scotland Fine Art Prints.

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Happy Burns Night!

To celebrate Burns Night 2016 The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh is exhibiting our portrait of musician Eddi Reader which they hold in their collection. This portrait is part of our successful ‘as others see us’ Burns inspired project originally generated in 2009. Eddi looking gorgeous as ever is situated to the left of the main entrance in a very posh display case!

A fabulous ebook WITH sound was produced to accompany the project, see it here

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