King bookshop in Callander
Sally Evans and Iain King in the bookshop
Photography gives opportunity to meet many people. Three years ago I met Sally Evans and Iain King in Callander, a small town in central Scotland on the shores of the river Teith. They run a bookshop filled with lots of literary curiosities from a 1752 French dictionary (gone now) to children’s book, tourists guides from last century, best sellers, dictionaries and of course books of Scottish or British poetry.
They moved to this lovely place about 10 years ago after running a bookshop in Edinburgh. Sally is a well known poet here in Scotland, but also a publisher, she runs Diehard Publishing. She often reads in Edinburgh or St Andrews and is very passionate about her garden, her flowers and her bees. Iain’s passion is bookbinding and he is always working on something interesting.
Every year in September they organise the Callander Poetry Festival, where many poets from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, read their work. A very friendly event due to occur next week (6-8 September).
Sally has a Blog
Sally Evans and Iain King
Iain King, bookbinder and bookseller
Sally Evans, poet and bookseller in the garden
Sally Evans, poet and bookseller with her cat
Seeing so many pictures on the internet you could guess most people can be a photographer. You only need to point your camera or mobile phone at something and press the button. But true love of photography and good skill comes with practice and learning. It’s about understanding the camera but also learning to watch the world around us with a photographic eye. In many ways it is about going through life watching at things, people, places framing, adjusting the focus, willing to make things a bit more permanent ? Observing the light, its colour, its intensity, and observing how it translate in print-or on your screen? Photography is a language. It has its grammar, it’s exceptions, it’s vocabulary. It’s there to tell somebody something. It says this happened at that time that day or I saw this beautiful landscape and loved it. It’s the speach of the photographer striking the mind of the viewer. So instead of “I just took a photograph to show you this place”, you could say “I realised a photograph, framed this way, decreased the aperture to get more depth of field”. So, you look though the viewfinder (or screen), adjust exposure maybe; you may think of the paper you’d like to use for the print and pre-visualize the result. It’s not just about grabbing, it’s about making, manufacturing something. Yes, seize the moment, the place, but your way, and predict the result. Add something personal to a mechanical process, emotion and technical skill.
Oh! I just wanted to start writing a blog about photography…expensive cameras, f-stops, hue, saturation, gamma, pixels, noise, bokeh…maybe next time.