In footage: Seaside pictures taken 800 miles aside

In pictures: Seaside photos taken 800 miles apart


picture copyrightTommy Black/Guðrún Kristín Valgeirsdóttir

Seaside swimmers, snowy landscapes and the aurora borealis are a few of the contrasting native scenes captured by pairs of photographers working over 800 miles aside.

Professional and hobbyist photographers in Portobello, Edinburgh, and Akureyri, Iceland, linked on-line over their mutual seaside areas.

Despite their distance, digital pairs produced photographs on shared themes round their native areas.

An outside exhibition of their work, Two Places at Sea, varieties a part of Edinburgh’s Art Walk Porty 2020 pageant.

Here is a choice of a few of the pairs’ images, and their feedback on their work.

Theme: On the best way residence

picture copyrightJon Davey

Poppies by the Sea (Deplasólir við sjóinn) – Jon Davey

“During the Scottish Covid-19 lockdown, I kept to a relatively strict pattern of activity, staying indoors except for twice-weekly visits to shops, even when the restrictions allowed outdoor exercise.

“I feel the stress of purchasing in these early days put me off from venturing out for another purpose.

“It was only as things eased further and we all became used to the ‘new normal’ that I resumed walks along the beach to Joppa and beyond.

“This view from Joppa trying again in the direction of Portobello and residential after an extended stroll to Musselburgh additionally represents my private journey again to being the kind of one that walks alongside the seaside the place I reside.”

image copyrightKristjana Agnarsdottir

Kvöldkyrrð (In the Still of the Night) – Kristjana Agnarsdóttir

“One evening I used to be strolling round my neighbourhood, which I feel is probably the most lovely a part of Akureyri.

“The previous city by the pond.

“It is so peaceable in that space, having fun with the stillness and the birdlife, individuals strolling, one or two cyclists, geese elevating their younger ones and the solar sinking into the ocean within the north.

“It was waving goodnight to me on my way home.”

Theme: Life on the Beach

picture copyrightAnna Moffat

Sunrise Swimmers (Synt við sólarupprás) – Anna Moffat

“I’ve lived in Portobello for 14 years and often noticed small groups of swimmers out in all weathers.

“It was not till round a yr in the past that I used to be persuaded to provide it a go, and instantly was hooked.

“The cold water hit is addictive and the feeling of togetherness enriches my life in so many ways – there’s no better way to start the day.”

picture copyrightLilja Guðmundsdóttir

Vetrarbirta (Winter Light) – Lilja Guðmundsdóttir

“There is not much going on at the beach during this time of the year, but sometimes we get visitors who make us happy and are fun to photograph.

“In the wintertime the daylight is usually very lovely, and sometimes the frost fog brings a fairy-tale glow to the surroundings.”

Theme: Looking Out

image copyrightJennifer Elliot

Do Whatever Makes Your Heart Smile (Gerðu það sem fær hjarta þitt til að brosa) – Jennifer Elliot

“It was the sunshine within the jasmine plant leaves that caught my eye whereas making dinner for the household, however this window provides me quite a lot of pleasure.

“I’ve gathered family and friends there.

“The purple plant was a present from my French mum; the paper flower was made by my mum and daughter a couple of years again; the jasmine is a survival story; the glass jars a marriage present from the Danish buddy who launched my husband and me; an Ocean Fire pot; the candles and different vegetation have been presents; the paint brushes drying – a results of my lockdown DIY frenzy; the crabs and scallop shell gathered by my son; my marriage ceremony rings on the window ledge; and all searching to our personal birch tree and wee walled backyard.

picture copyrightGuðný Pálína Sæmundsdóttir

Útsýnið úr stofuglugganum (Living Room With a View)​ – Guðný Pálína Sæmundsdóttir

“I’ve lived in the same house, built by my parents when I was three years old, for most of my life.

“I did transfer out after I met my husband and we lived in Norway for some time, however when transferring again to Akureyri we purchased the home from my mom (then a widow).

​”This photo, taken in January this year, shows the view from our living room window at sunset.

“Having such a beautiful, ever-changing view is among the causes I’m not so eager on promoting the home, regardless that it has change into too massive for us now that our kids have left the nest.”

Theme: My Favourite Place

picture copyrightTommy Black

From the Ground Up (Frá jörðu til himins) – Tommy Black

“We each selected images taken from the seashores to the west of our respective communities, which we love for the sense of area.

“My photo was taken one evening as lockdown started to ease, at 22:44.

“It was a type of summer season evenings that appears to go on eternally.

“A few folk were having fires just behind where the shot was taken.

“There was a sense of lightness as I walked out alongside the sand (tunes on, after all).”

image copyrightGuðrún Kristín Valgeirsdóttir

Frá jörðu til himins (From the Ground Up) – Guðrún Kristín Valgeirsdóttir

“I selected this place as a result of that is the place I’m going to loosen up and collect my ideas.

“I take my dogs there, allow them to run free in playful games.

“This can be my favorite spot to seize the auroras whereas they dance within the evening sky of their most lovely approach.

“I know few other things that are more fulfilling than to stand there with my camera and stare at those lights while they brighten up the cold dark winter sky.”

Theme: Expand Your Horizon

picture copyrightAdam Varga

Crossroads (Krossgötur) – Adam Varga

“The west end of Portobello has been influential to the town, as the local industry and industrial landscape dominated the town’s life, both socially and economically.

“The post-industrial adjustments introduced new horizons into the lifetime of the individuals of Portobello, as lately the Baileyfield space has been redeveloped with housing and expanded our group.

“We are here to celebrate the new landscape and the people who will live in and transform this landscape.

“My image displays on each the post-industrial transformation and serves as a memento within the historical past of the ever-changing west finish of Portobello.”

image copyrightBerglind H Helgadóttir

Speglun (Reflection) – Berglind H Helgadóttir

“I’ve typically stopped the automotive at this actual place near Akureyri to take an image over the fjord.

“It has usually been at sunset during summer, when the sun shines golden or red light on the clouds and the sea.

“This time it isn’t the redness within the sky that makes me step out of the automotive, however the gentle and the gloomy cloud that lies over a part of the fjord.

“Luck is with me because as soon as I have placed the tripod and adjusted the camera, the streetlights in the town turn on and the sea calms down.

“I take a couple of footage and observe the interaction of sunshine and shadow because the darkish cloud spreads.

“Underneath it, the town looks a bit small and at the horizon you can see the mountain Kaldbakur bathing in the spotlight.”

Part of the Art Walk Porty 2020 pageant, Two Places at Sea runs from 5 September-31 October 2020 in Portobello, Edinburgh. A simultaneous outside exhibition is being held in Akureyri, Iceland.

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