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Words and pictures from Roger Donovan, photographer and owner of Mediaphotos, that keep clients up to date with Mediaphotos and the work I do and discuss some of the issues affecting the business of photography.
A simple image that works well with the red flowers and makeup against a red background.
I was working for a PR company at the launch of a new restaurant at an Edinburgh Hotel in 2000. The hotel had chosen a Japanese theme for the restaurant and held a competition for fashion students from Edinburgh to design outfits for their staff. The launch event consisted of a fashion show to show off all the entries and announce the winning design.
This was the winning design from Anna Stride being modelled by fellow student Kathryn McKinnon.
A slight change from the norm with this post. Not only have I included the portrait shot that is the main subject of the post but also included the historical images that complete the story.
I couldn’t publish pictures from my time in Scotland without including a shot of The Big Yin, aka Billy Connolly, a true comedy giant.
This portrait was taken in 2001 in Edinburgh during the Film Festival when he was at the launch of his film film “Gabriel And Me”.
I had photographed Billy many years earlier whilst working at The Western Mail and Echo in Cardiff. He was attending the wedding of the daughter of Chic Murray, another Scottish Comedy Great, at a church in Cyncoed, Cardiff in1986. He was great to photograph and did all he could to give me a good set of pictures.
It shows what a small world it is when twelve years later when I was working in Scotland and I was commissioned to photograph a mother and daughter Maidie and Annabelle for a piece about a comedy great who turned out to be their husband and father Chic Murray. I hadn’t made the connection but when I walked in I was so surprised to be recognised by Annabelle, the daughter as the photographer who had taken the wedding pictures of her with Billy ten years earlier.
A slight change of direction with this shot of male strippers, The Silk Sensation, performing at the North West Bowling Club, Kilmarnock in 1999 to a room full of very excitable women. I was shooting stills for a TV documentary. The atmosphere was a little intimidating to say the least being one of just a few blokes there apart from the strippers themselves. I made my excuses and left after being approached by a rather inebriated older woman with a heavy Scottish accent who announced that she would rather see me naked than the performers. Apparently I was more her type……
The Royal Mile in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival is awash with characters to photograph and this shot of Anthony, a mime artist from Madrid, taken in 1999 is a favourite of mine.
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