Classical Edinburgh exhibition

Update: a strictly limited edition of TEN prints of my image is now available here: https://www.julieskelton.com/limited-edition-edinburgh-prints/

Before Christmas, I made a flying visit to my hometown of Edinburgh. An image of mine that I’d entered into a competition had been selected for exhibition at the City Art Centre. The exhibition, ‘Classical Edinburgh‘, is like a love letter to the city’s neoclassical architecture. Photographer Colin McLean set out to recapture scenes first recorded on film by mid-20th century photographer Edwin Smith, and it’s a beautiful set of images to wander round and take in. McLean spent two years reinterpreting the original evocative black-and-white photographs. For anyone with links to the city, it really captures the feel and the heart of the place, as well as documenting changes alongside the constants of the area, 50 years apart.

Along with these, the gallery wanted to showcase work of other local photographers who had captured images of Edinburgh New Town’s architectural heritage in four categories: After Dark, Seasons, Working Life, and Architectural Gems. My photograph is of Royal Circus just after a sudden rain shower in autumn – the curve of the architecture is reflected in a pavement puddle where fallen leaves are floating. I was delighted to be picked as a runner-up of the category; having the work that I do now, on display at an art centre in the city where I grew up, is really a dream come true.

St Giles cathedral Edinburgh in winter twilight at Christmasexterior of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, with new thistle metal sculptureJulie Skelton architectural photograph 'Arc of Autumn' showing Royal Circus, exhibited in City Art Centre EdinburghJulie Skelton photographer at the City Art Centre Edinburgh with photograph 'Arc of Autumn' showing Royal Circus reflectionClassical Edinburgh exhibition at the City Art Centre Edinburgh, competition winners alongside Colin McLean photographs

Once I’d left the private view evening, I had a lovely wander through the streets after dark, back to where I was staying.

Exterior of the City Art Centre Edinburgh at night during a private viewexterior of the City Art Centre Edinburgh at night

My old school, George Heriot’s, seen from the top of West Bow, and Bertie’s Fish & Chips on Victoria Street which I highly recommend.

I stayed at the Grassmarket Hotel – a fab little place with DC Thompson decor and Tunnocks teacakes in your room. What more could you want?!

details of the Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh including Dandy wallpaper and Tunnocks teacakes

Classical Edinburgh is on at the City Art Centre, Market Street (just beyond Edinburgh Waverley train station) until 8 March 2020.

I am printing a strictly limited run of TEN 20x16in prints of my image, Arc of Autumn. (Update: NINE remaining).

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