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Friday
Nov242017

a sculpture, a metal worker, a book & an exhibition

Earlier this year we were commissioned to take a series of photographs for a limited edition commemorative book. The images document the installation and unveiling of a statue depicting William Henry Playfair, the architect who helped Edinburgh gain it’s “Athens of the North” nickname.

The statue was created by Alexander Stoddart, Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland. We’re no strangers to Sandy’s work as we photographed him for our ‘as others see us’ project (here)…in fact anyone wandering about Edinburgh can see several examples of his civic monuments dotted around the city.

We travelled to Nairn, not far from Inverness, to take photographs at Black Isle Bronze Ltd where the statue had been cast. Unfortunately the casting process had taken place before it was decided to commission the book. It was still a valuable trip however as we were able to take portraits of several people who had worked on the Playfair statue and were also able to document their working methods.

We entered one of the portraits of Andy, who is a metal worker at Black Isle Bronze, into the Scottish Portrait Awards and were lucky enough to have it chosen for exhibition. All of the photographic portraits in the SPA exhibition had to be monochrome but we’d originally taken the shot in colour and really like that version too so we’ve included both in this post.

© broad daylight

Below is small selection of other images taken for the project. They show the arrival and unloading of the statue, the stonemasons working, Sandy checking progress, details of the completed work and a couple of book spreads. Some of these shots were used in the book (which we designed and produced), whilst others are just images that we like but weren’t appropriate for the final publication.

© broad daylight 

© broad daylight 

© broad daylight

© broad daylight

© broad daylight

© broad daylight

book spread © broad daylight

book spread © broad daylight

book spread © broad daylight

SPA exhibition © broad daylight

SPA exhibition © broad daylight

Also above are two installation images taken at Scottish Portrait Award exhibition which runs until the 2nd of December at the Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh. Opening times and further information can be found here

The statue can be seen outside The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh’s Chambers Street and is part of a rejuvenation of the street to create a public plaza. The redevelopment project was jointly funded by National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh City Council and The University of Edinburgh University along with a number of private donations.

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