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David Bailey, Self Portrait

I was born in 1961 and for as long as I can remember, I have followed David Bailey’s work. He has been a huge influence on me – the way that I shoot, the way I expose my shots and some might argue – the way that I am! The photograph in this post is a self portrait that David Bailey did and I have never published a photograph on my web site belonging to someone else. So, if I am told to remove it, I will do so immediately out of respect to (in my humble opinion) the greatest photographer of all time. He has a potty mouth and that suits me just fine.

He is a source of many fantastic photography and life quotes. Many photographers “play” with light but I always thought that Bailey “plays” with “dark”. Throughout his career he has made fantastic use of shadows and I in turn have always been influenced by that. I get that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it works for me. I have never met Bailey and in many ways, I hope that I don’t, but it would be an honour to meet this icon of my industry.

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” ~ David Bailey

“Anybody can be a great photographer if they zoom in enough on what they love” ~ David Bailey

“Being Trendy is dangerous. I’ve never been trendy, which is why I’ve never really fallen out of favour.” ~ David Bailey

“I was surrounded by strong women, so it had never occurred to me that women were anything other than equal to men.” ~ David Bailey

“I always go for simplicity” ~ David Bailey

 

 

I am entering my 43rd year as a professional photographer. I am not very good at maintaining a blog, but over the course of the next few weeks I will highlight the photographers, in detail, who have influenced me and why.

They include: David Bailey, Brian Duffy, Terence Donovan, Tony Armstrong Jones (Earl of Snowdon), Man Ray and Ansel Adams. The only one that is still alive is the first one and he, David Bailey, and Brian Duffy are/were major influences on my “style” (The way I expose) and, indeed, who I am today.

More soon.

J

It has been an extremely busy week. Due to lockdown conditions in certain parts of the country, I have been hindered in getting pricing sorted out for my forthcoming Clanlands Photography Tour. I hope to be in a position to launch the new tour, here on my website as soon as possible. Congratulations to Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish for their incredible success with the book. Well done lads!

Okay, here is the preamble to this shot (I think it may be my best shot of all time, because it gave me a thrill when I made it).
As you may know, I’m launching a new photography tour that will be known as the Clanlands Photography Tour, inspired by the newly published book by the two Scottish actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. So I set aside today (Thursday, November 5)  to get some promotional shots for the tour and to get shots of places that I’ve been to before, but didn’t get shots that were related to the new tour.
I left Edinburgh at 5.20am this morning and headed north to Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I went to the Glencoe Mountain Resort (There really is nothing there, but hey – it gets a mention in the book!) and then continuing into Glencoe – some 300 yards/metres along the road, I took a right to photograph the “new” Kingshouse Hotel. My next stop would be to photograph the outside of the Clachaig Inn at the other end of Glencoe.
So, after I get my shots,  I drive to the top of the Kingshouse Hotel driveway to turn right (about 8am) and off I go! But just 30 yards along the road I spot some deer on my right hand side. This is the only road that goes through Glencoe, but due to Scottish Lockdown conditions the road was empty – just me. I stop the car, engine still running, and this magnificent beast comes up from the moor on the other side of the road and he’s just looking at me. I lower my window and grab the camera and get this shot! To the left, you’ll see two of his lady friends and he’s telling me…..on your way mucker, they belong to me.
A surreal moment! Man, Nature, Geography, Transportation, Technology and Respect. I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life. You have to admit, he’s a handsome brute!
Glencoe Stag

Glencoe Stag

Clanlands Photography Tour

Kilchurn Castle

 

I am delighted and excited to announce that I will be offering a new tour, imminently. The new tour is entitled “Clanlands Photography Tour” and is inspired by the book written by the actors Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. Graham is 6 months older than I am and like him, I have a great interest in the Scottish Clans. This tour will be a departure from my other photography tours. I am hoping to have the full details and booking availability here on my website by next weekend (November 14, 2020).

 

James Christie

Happy to announce that we have received a fantastic review for our Outlander Photography Tour in the Daily Record Newspaper’s Tourism Section.

You can read the full review here: Daily Record Newspaper review of our Outlander Tours

 

 

Outlander Photography Tours

 

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In partnership with VisitScotland, the National Tourist Organisation of Scotland, I have conducted a risk assessment for our Edinburgh Photography Tour and we have passed with flying colours. We are certified to conduct our Edinburgh Photography Tour from July 15th, 2020 and beyond. Rest assured all Covid-19 lockdown measures, as laid out by the Scottish Government will be adhered to resolutely, offering you peace of mind and comfort. Your health always comes first.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future.

James Christie

Edinburgh Photography Tour, Puppy, Parson Russell Terrier

 

Meet Beaux! This is my new dog and he is a Parson Russell Terrier. Many people who have been on my tours over the last 10 years have asked me about pet photography and those who are vacationing in the UK have indicated that they miss their own dogs while travelling. As a result, I am offering Beaux as an optional extra to attend the tours too. I can teach you the basics of pet photography and hopefully, Beaux will be a willing model.

I have completed my risk assessment for our Edinburgh Photography Tour and lesson and we comply with Scottish Government Regulations. We are now accepting bookings for our Edinburgh Photography Tour / Lesson for dates starting from July 15, 2020. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the tour and at this stage we can only accept bookings from one household at a time, to a maximum of 3 people on any given tour. I have a digital thermometer gun and your temperature and mine will be checked at the start of each tour to provide additional reassurance to all. All bookings will be gratefully accepted as my company tries to recover from the Covid-19 lockdown measures and I look forward to meeting you soon.

James

Chaka

Chaka, the best dog I ever had

This is my dog, Chaka. Chaka was a Parson Russell – Collie mix and was born on September 1, 2004. My ex-girlfriend got him as a rescue dog from the Dog’s Trust in West Calder when he was just one year old. I first met Chaka when he was six years old, way back in 2011. Our first encounter didn’t go well. He was growling and barking at me, but I’ve been around dogs all my life and I thought to myself, “you’ll be alright”. The following morning he was all waggy-tailed and affectionate and from that moment we were the best of friends. Chaka, named after Chaka, Zulu warrior (appropriately, as you will find out) was diagnosed with pancreatitis four years ago and was immediately put onto a low fat diet and over the course of the last four years, administered Omeprazole when needed to manage the condition. He was always a very active and affectionate dog. At the beginning of October 2018 he started to display problems with his stomach and we took him to the Royal Dick Vet at the Bush Estate, Penicuik, near Edinburgh. After many tests they advised us that he would have to have his spleen removed (important to a dog’s immune system). Because of his age (14 years old) at the time, no insurance company was prepared to cover him and the bill was going to be just under £6,000.

I have many friends on Facebook and somebody suggested doing crowd funding to pay the bill, I expressed that I wasn’t comfortable with that but somebody started it anyway and my friends and those of my ex-girlfriend raised over £2,500 towards the bill. I’m fairly pragmatic, but also very emotional, and I asked the surgeon at the time “If the operation is a success, how long are we looking at?” and she replied “Three to six months” – we figured it was worth it and the surgery took place. It was touch and go and he was in ICU for six days and nights, fighting for his life. He won the battle! Over the course of the previous and the next twelve months Chaka had 5 (that we are aware of) vestibular attacks, also known as “old dog’s disease”, but he came through them all.

Over the last three months he has been very finicky with his food and in the last 4 weeks he lost 1Kg in weight, but very bright and alert, showing the same interest in the world around him as always. Today, he was down and I could tell this was the end of his amazing life. I called the Royal Dick Vet and they booked an appointment for 10.40 am. Due to the corona virus lockdown, I had to release him to the vet, Vicky and she took him inside and asked me to wait in my car. She did a scan and revealed that there were complications with his liver and kidneys. I promised him, my ex-girlfriend and myself that I would never see Chaka suffer and after consultation with my ex-girlfriend, we agreed to have Chaka euthanised.

Chaka passed at 11.58am this morning and I have wept ever since. Chaka was one dog in a million (I know we all say that about our beloved  pets, but this guy truly was a fighter with the heart of a lion) loved by thousands on Facebook and many locally. I kept strong until it was over, strong for him, until it was over. My, Our thanks go out to all the staff at The Royal Dick Vet who knew, loved and cared for Chaka over the years.

Chaka, you will remain with me until I die. I am empty right now, but I will heal and you will never, ever, be forgotten!

Sleep well my darling wee boy!

Chaka: September 1, 2004 – April 9, 2020

Firstly, I hope that you and your family are healthy and well. These are unprecedented times and conditions in which we live. As you can imagine, with the ban on international flights, tourism in Scotland has taken a battering. There are many Tour Guides in Scotland, like myself, who have been directly impacted and are now earning no wage whatsoever. The British Government announced some new measures yesterday (March 20) to try and help, but frankly – they don’t go far enough! That may change in the coming days, we will just have to sit tight and see what happens.

Your health and safety (as well as mine) is my number one consideration! I am following Government guidelines to the letter. I hope to offer the usual high standards on my tours to all of you in the future. As things develop, I will keep you appraised here in my blog section. Please follow all guidelines being given to you and stay safe and healthy.

James Christie