Maps, Photography and Food Festivals

hi there, I’m trying to make up for lost time here.  I know I have neglected my blog the past week and I feel badly about that.  So, here we go with some fun events to go to over the next couple of months.




If you like to take pictures and would like the opportunity to win a fancy new Pentax camera, have a look at the Cairngorms Photo Competition.  They are looking for winning shots of Cairngorms National Park and it’s running April 2nd to June 4th.




If you have an interest in old maps, there will be a Scottish Maps Forum at the A.K. Bell Library in Perth on May 12th.  They will be celebrating Scottish map printing and publishing in the 19th century. The seminar will examine individuals and companies, including William Home Lizars, John Thomson, W & A.K. Johnston, and Bartholomew.  There will also be current research from seven speakers.




Come and spend two days of food tasting, sampling, cookery demonstrations, music and family fun in the harbour town of Crail, on the East Neuk of Fife.   Sunday, June 19th,  there will be FREE fun for the whole family from Noon til 4 p.m.  Lots of lovely food … crab, lobster, venison, smoked haddock,hog roast and ice cream, all freshly cooked at the harbour.   Live music and games for the kids on the beach.

Old Aberdeen


New article from BBC News ….

The famous Old Aberdeen area is being shown from a new perspective in a photography exhibition.

The images, taken by the University of Aberdeen’s Gordon Robertson, have been altered with software to show familiar landmarks in a new light.

The keen amateur photographer said: “My objective is that visitors will enjoy the images and be inspired to discover the hidden gems of Old Aberdeen.”

The exhibition will run until the end of February at the Old Town House.

Some images have been airbrushed to remove references to modern living such as traffic lights and double yellow lines, to create more of a feel of a bygone era.

‘Perfect backdrop’

Mr Robertson added: “Old Aberdeen is every photographer’s dream.

“The High Street would be a perfect backdrop for any costume drama and the architecture of the Old Town House is straight out of a Charles Dickens novel.

“Anyone living or working in Old Aberdeen is privileged to be surrounded by such great photographic opportunities.”

He added: “I have used modern techniques to enhance the images and I hope people enjoy looking at the results.”

Photos of Scotland

I am going to recommend a photographer that amazes me every time I see his work.  He mostly takes photos in and around Scotland although there are a few different ones also.

The clarity, precision and cleanness of his photography is beautiful.  If you enjoy looking a good picture, check out Robert Adam at

I don’t want to copy any of his pictures to put on here so you’ll have to pop over to his site if you want to have a look. 🙂


Oscar Marzaroli


Photography has interested me for a long time and at Bourne Fine Art ( in Edinburgh, there is an exhibition presently being shown there ( featuring Oscar Marzaroli, a renowned Scottish photographer.

Marzaroli was born in Castiglione Vara, northern Italy in 1933 and moved to Glasgow at the age of two.  He attended the Glasgow School of Art and then became a photo journalist in Europe and London, finally returning to Glasgow in 1959.

courtesy of BBC


By photographing in black and white, he created a  realistic record of post-second world war Scotland and became famous for his images of the city in the 1960’s.  He was well-known for his pictures of the Gorbals as the bulldozers cleared out the streets of run down tenements.  With his pictures, he captured the desperation of a nation in the age of regeneration and he presented, through his photography, people struggling with poverty while retaining a strong sense of pride and community.  During the 1960’s, Glasgow’s industrial decline was reducing them from the second city of the empire to deprivation in the dockland slums and urban areas.

courtesy of BBC


Marzaroli focused his pictures on the street life of Glasgow, including the children, the steelworks and the shipyards.  He engaged with his subjects and moved amongst them as an equal.  The late poet Edwin Morgan stated that the photographer created the “most evocative record” of  “the destruction and renewal of ways of life in the heart of the city”.

courtesy of BBC


Oscar Marzaroli died in 1988 at the age of 55 but he left behind a legacy of the images he had chronicled during the social and architectural changes in Glasgow’s appearance.

The  exhibition is free and runs from 5-27 November at the Bourne Fine Art Studio. 

There are also some great on-line resources pertaining to Marzaroli and his work.  An interview with the photographer can be read at where he has said “Some people aren’t happy with my pictures of Glasgow.  They’re not rosy pictures in beautiful Technicolour.  They’re black and white and they are what they are, a happening in time which was quite authentic.”

The pictures I have here are from the BBC News (4 January 2008) and the book images are from Amazon but there is also a fabulous website where you can view his work:  Finally, there is a recent article in the Scotsman telling readers of the current exhibition and describing the work of Oscar Marzaroli.

He has also written a number of books, one of which is at the top of the blog and one at the bottom.  I’ve put them on my amazon wish list for Christmas.