City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

"Four Reflect" - Local Photographers Capture Urban and Rural


By Bill Dunlop - Posted on 18 November 2014

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The Roamin Nose on Eyre Place looks a little different at the moment – inside, at least. Four Edinburgh based photographic artists’ work, on show until early next year, grace its walls and alter the ambiance of this popular café-bistro.

Rod Hanchard-Goodwin, Paul Henni, Paul McGuigan and Dougie Williams each have their own very different takes on urban and rural landscapes, within and furth of Scotland.

Using a variety of monochrome techniques and contemporary production options, their joint exhibition offers a selection of their works in an informal setting which suits extended viewing.

Rod Hanchard-Goodwin bought his first digital SLR camera in 2007 and specialises in seascapes and long exposure and the diversity of the local coastline. A finalist in the Landscape Photography of Year Awards 2014, the largest UK photographic competition.
Among several striking images, his study of the Bass Rock offers a highly atmospheric treatment of this familiar landmark.

Paul Henni’s previous work in design shows through in his compositions, notably in the dramatic ‘Fleshmarket Close’ – not so much Old Town as Sin City, for those familiar with Frank Miller’s neo-noir graphic novels. Henni’s other urban landscapes are equally striking and imaginatively composed.

Paul McGuigan’s low-key monochrome studies are also on show on the ~Facebook page ‘Edinburgh Raw’. He has also produced work for Edinburgh Spotlight, and among his work on show here, ‘From the Mound’ offers an unusual and intriguing take on another familiar urban feature.

Dougie Williams is relatively new to photography, beginning in 2009. From 2012 he has concentrated on long exposure landscapes and seascapes, and on Edinburgh Fringe street photography. Most of his seascapes/landscapes are taken in East Lothian, Northumberland, Edinburgh and the English Lake District.

Among the photographs he has on show, ‘Erosion’ – a view of slowly degrading pier posts suggest both strong compositional awareness and high technical competence.

Unlike other forms of visual art, photographs can be produced in different versions to those on exhibition here, so with the present-giving season fast upon us, a visit to The Roamin Nose may stimulate you in unexpected ways…

As well as the work on show at the Roamin Nose, images by these four diverse but equally talented photographers can also be viewed online (see links above).