#LoveWins

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court announced on June 26, 2015 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Within the hour, #LoveWins was trending across the globe. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, the celebrations took to the streets as the news landed on the day of the city’s annual street party.

Photo tips: how to photograph smoke

So, I am still a super newbie to photography but during my merry romp around the realms of lens caps and wobbly tripods, I’ve been making some progress through simple trial and much, much error. My latest venture has been to try and capture smoke using a digital camera. Chances are, if you’ve been skimming through the …

When 23-year-old Nathan Sullivan stepped up to speak before a crowded room in Edinburgh this week, he had a mountain of unspoken voices behind him. More than 15,000 children are currently living in care in Scotland. Nathan was one of them. It’s why he’s here now, in this campus room in a corner of the …

Song for my sister

It’s Friday morning in the Beattie family household. Judith is curled up on the living room chair, wrapped up like a fluffy burrito in a fleecy dressing gown. Her twin sister Katie and brother Ross sit closely beside her, watching as she drops her head tiredly onto the armrest. It’s the day after another round …

Undead bands and pumpkin heads rock creative hub

In a derelict looking building in the city’s west side, where trains grumble by on iron girders and Glasgow’s elite elderly shoppers take their tea, Michael Collin is creating a band of the undead. “This larger one is the drummer and this guy is sort of headless,” he says, pointing to an empty space on …

Donations flood in for Syrian refugee appeal

There’s a place near the Syrian border in the vast Jordanian desert that the children call Dream Land. A small, unobtrusive building in a sea of plastic tents, inside its walls are covered in bright paper butterflies. Small hands scratch rainbows of crayon onto paper with green strokes of grass and pink petaled flowers. The …

Mammoths of the Ice Age

It’s winter on the tundra. Temperatures have plunged to 30 degrees below zero while harsh winds cut like a thousand knives across the stark landscape. On a May morning in 2007, on the Yamal Peninsula in north-western Siberia, three young boys are standing with their father in the bitter cold. Despite growing up in this …

Fire in the Rain: The Samhuinn Festival

As fine rain fell from darkening skies, the old cobbled stones of the city once again became a swirling parade of fire. Dancers gathered in the dark, torches were lit, and the Beltane Fire Society emerged whirling from the shadows to share their winter celebrations with the city. Banned by the local church for over …

Exploding skulls with Chef Mark Greenaway

Halloween is here and that means ghouls, ghosts and that maestro of the dessert realms himself- Chef Mark Greenaway. With a well-established reputation for deconstructing our most popular puddings and serving them back to us as the edible equivalent of a Picasso, for Mark, Halloween is the candy Christmas of dessert days. This year, the …

Flying whales, musical sloths and the boy who never grew up

You know you’re in the presence of an artist when the business card they hand you looks something like this. “It’s a sloth playing a banjo,” Neil Slorance points out helpfully. Seated in his studio/bedroom in Glasgow’s Southside, it looks as though the entire imaginative contents of Neil’s mind have exploded onto the four walls …

At the going down of the sun we will remember them

Scots soldiers are to unveil a memorial built with their own hands to honour the bagpipers and drummers who have lost their lives in conflict. After a summer spent planting and hewing stones into place, the soldiers at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Colinton are set to open a memorial …

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013

The Fringe is back! I popped along to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo preview last night to see it in and what an incredible performance it was. Check out the photo highlights from the night and look out for Cruachan the pony mascot making his debut appearance. He did very well for his first time, though …

A soldier’s farewell

You can go through it a thousand times but you never get used to saying goodbye, especially when it has to be said to your husband, your brother, or even your son.  At the soldier’s barracks in Edinburgh, in a squat building which serves as their mess hall, hands are being held tightly while eyes …

Searching for Yulia

Her brown eyes and soft smile have hung from lampposts and billboards for weeks yet, as her graduation day dawns, those closest to missing Yulia Solodyankina have vowed not to give up hope of finding their friend. Today would have been the young physics student’s graduation ceremony at the University of Edinburgh. The dancer, from …

Built on the blood and sweat of men

Just before dawn the men rise, the fumes of whisky from the night before still lingering on their breath. Ill-shod and bleary-eyed, they gather by the ridges of the canals they are paid to dig. For a few pence a day they descend in their hundreds, using buckets and shovels to shift tonnes of heavy, …

Clipperton: the spirit of adventure

Just over a year ago, on the wind-swept shores of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, a young woman from Glasgow stood in the surf and looked out towards the horizon. Only 24 hours before, she’d been in Antarctica, one of the coldest and most impenetrable places on earth. A place where, in the Autumn, the Southern Polar …