The Edinburgh Fringe Festival on the Nikon D810
By Mark Seymour
There’s an affinity between the storytelling style of documentary photography and the founding principle at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; which is to be an open-access arts event that accommodates anyone with a story to tell. The freedom with which I shoot my street photography reflects the freedom the EFFS allows the performers to shape the program through their own creative visions of performance. The Edinburgh festival is the largest arts festival in the world, held annually for three weeks in the Scottish capital bringing global performers and visitors together for an experience you need to try at least once in your lifetime!
I was honoured to be invited by Calum Thomson, director of Loxley, to take a glimpse of the festival and record it through my street photography with a view to holding an exclusive street photography training course next year. After an early start, flying from Heathrow by Virgin Airlines, I dropped my stuff at the Jury’s Inn located just off the famous Royal Mile in the Old Town, and began my Fringe Experience.
On the second day I was joined by Alistair Jolly from Smugmug where we enjoyed photographing the festival together both in our individual styles.
I shot all my images using S RAW on the new Nikon D810, then converted them using Alien Skin Software. For me street photography has to be black and white and focuses on the how people are engaging with different situations and experiences, and living their lives. So although there were an abundance of weird and wonderful performers to photograph, what really captured my attention was the interaction between the performers and their audiences. The historic buildings of Edinburgh provide a wonderful backdrop to the myriad of cultures and bizarre that make up the artistic interpretations you find yourself confronted.
A fantastic set of images by one of my favourite UK street photographers. The processing on these is superb.
strong black white, seldon to see it in this days. I really liked it.
This is a very strong collection of photos. Very well done!
Yes, they are over-processed. But they are good photos nevertheless. 🙂
RE the photo of the trio in gas masks, I think there is a little dynamism that is missing that could have been fixed by going in closer. This shot may as well have been taken with a 50mm. How do you feel about the shot now, compared to the moment you took it?
That criticism is a little far fetched Karim. This was a 24; getting the outstretched hands (essential to the image) in meant this was the distance. Or do you think another half metre would have helped (a lot)?
The criticism isn’t far fetched – it’s just honest. 😉 There is a dynamism missing. My solution, however, may very well be far fetched. It could have been practically impossible to get this shot right.
Its a very crowded place. 50 mm would have been impossible as there would have been people in-between . All the images are taken on a 24mm lens.
Ref over processing . This is my style. I appreciate your opinion and every one will have a different one and that is what makes us all unique individuals.
Great shots. But, honestly – and respectfully – over processed for my taste.
Hi Jim, I appreciate your comments, Its just my style . All the best. Mark
Definitely one of the better postings I’ve seen in a while. Beautiful set. And the two screaming guys…fantastic!
Thank you Mike for your kind comments
Awesome photos from a lovely city. The screaming guy just fantastic.
I don’t often comment on images on this site because, quite frankly, many are not that good. But I really like these. I had no idea what the EFFS was, but your images convey the essence very well. The screaming guy is the strongest for me. The guy is kind of scary, but is nicely juxtaposed by the young lady. I like the way you framed him between the two buildings. I like the gritty B&W treatment of all the images. Nice job.
Hi Phil,Many thanks for your generous comments, All the best, Mark
I can’t really say it any better than Phil did. Like Phil, I tend not to comment because most of what I see is just average. Your work, however, is just superb! Fabulous captures and excellent poker-processing!
Thank you Jacques
Great images , all of them especially the guitar player.
Thanks for sharing.
Great photos, the screaming guy was the most captivating for me, a bit creepy nazi- like almost.
Thats my Fav too Petra
Just GREAT! One or two photos a bit oversharpened to my tast, maybe due to sharpen again when uploading to the web?
Really nice work here thank you for sharing it with us I like every shot ! Could you please tell us what lenses or lens you used thank you in advance
These were taken on the Nikkor 24 1.4, One of my favourite lenses..
These are amazing photos! Thank you for sharing.
Incents on guitar is magical.
Always wanted to visit the EdFringe.
Great images. Quality will always prevail, in photographer and in camera.
All the images in this set are awesome, fine monochromes who deserve a long look. Great job!
Lovely photographs! I haven’t been back the the Festival in years and this is a wonderful representation of it. Good Job!
Second image is amazing and label on bottom of the image “OF EDINBURGH”
Thank you Artjom, your kind words are appreciated
Great set of images! #2 is Awesome!
I love the guitar and incense photo. Very delicate.
Thank you David, thats one of my favourites too but more importantly the artist loves it too.
Very powerful images! I love ’em. Cheers
Thank you Michael for your kind words
I love the last one. The smoke just pops out.
Great capture – fantastic work Mark!
How about that last shot with the incense smoke spiral…crazy good.
Thank you Mark
Really fun stuff and I enjoyed the monochrome captures. Who’d have known that my Scottish ancestors were such wild people!!?
Brilliant subject portrayed with your own approach.
For me the Monochrome really draws you into the photo. Wonderful, thanks for sharing.
Really wonderful images! What lens(es) did you use and find most useful?
Hi Steve I used mainly the 24 1.4 as it lets you get in close and tell the story
The 24/1.4 is fabulous; up there with the great lenses of all time.