The blog of photographer and musician, Kim Ayres

Photographing for the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland

The Environmental Arts Festival Scotland (EAFS) is a new event, hoping to be repeated every 2 years or so, happening across this corner of Scotland.

I was fortunate enough to be one of two photographers selected to cover the event, which takes place from 30th August to 2nd September.

Earlier this year I helped out at the press launch, which was attended by Fiona Hyslop, the Minister for Culture in the Scottish Parliament. My role was initially to work out the best place at the location for the press shoots, in order to get the kind of shots into the papers that the EAFS wanted, primarily with the combination of an old stone bridge and a more modern dam both acting as a backdrop. I then also documented the launch as well as taking a few photos for the EAFS to use for their own publicity.

Photo used for the EAFS brochure

Press launch featuring Minister for Culture, Fiona Hyslop

The fact that all went to plan no doubt helped in my application to be considered as one of the photographers for the forthcoming event.

In advance of the EAFS, I've been taking photos of some of the preparations. This past week I've twice been out to Carstramon Wood, near Gatehouse of Fleet, where Japanese sculptor, Ueno Masao has been creating the "Dome of Silence".

This began with the construction of a bamboo frame, with the help of several volunteers, then later in the week I went out to observe him on his own, weaving willow into the structure.

Below are a couple of photos from each session, but you can find plenty more, along with blog posts I wrote specially for Environmental Arts Festival Scotland, here:

Ueno Masao, the Dome of Silence, Volunteers and Tasty Food...

The Dome of Silence Revisited

Ueno Masao demonstrating weaving with strips of Bamboo

Volunteers helping to construct the bamboo framework

Volunteers helping to construct the bamboo framework

Ueno Masao adding willow to the bamboo structure

Ueno Masao weaving willow to the bamboo structure

Willow woven around the bamboo framework


A Daft Scots Lass said...

I've always loved your photography.

hope said...

You could always use us as references if they needed to know what the public thinks of your work. In a word: Wonderful!

I was talking about my Blogger buddies who live in Scotland today with one of my ladies who's from Scotland. It was then I realized you were missing from my "Scotland wall" because during renovations, the idiot workers destroyed the photo you allowed us to have at New Year's. Next time you offer, you will return to your rightful place of honor on the wall.

Kim Ayres said...

Gillian - thank you :)

Hope - do you still have the email I sent with the attachment of the photo? If not, I can forward it again - just let me know :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Kim! The Environmental Art Festival Scotland blog is beautifully designed, written and photographed.

Kim Ayres said...

Allen - thank you - although I can only claim credit for the 2 blog posts I wrote. All the others and the design came from them :)

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