How many ways are there to skin a cat?
I was allowed to go into town for the first time in a while only to find it full to the brim with thousands of people from all over the world festivaling at Edinburgh’s international annual festival. It’s stacked and packed with all sorts of attention starved kids looking for more attention than usual but it also afforded a lot of opportunities to photograph stuff.
One of these things was a demo outside a Barclays bank, Barclays have been accused of helping fuel the war between Israel and Palestine. I don’t discuss my personal politics on my photo blog mostly because it’s not the right platform for it and secondly I don’t think it’s anyones business and thirdly I’m not knowledgeable enough to talk authoritatively on the subject. That being said it’s difficult to ignore the disparity between the two sides of the conflict.
Personally, the thing about flags is that I don’t like them regardless of whose it is and I certainly don’t own a flag that represents my country, there’s something unpleasantly medieval about it. ‘Flag Wanking’ is what I called it when I was at art college while watching American movies, a really good drinking game is to take a shot every time you see one.
Again, with all that being said they are an excellent visual tool, see Robert Frank’s Americans for some serious inspiration, so, moving on …
I started by playing with a couple of flags I found near the entrance to Waverly Station before noticing the full-blown protest across the road outside the bank. I was looking to frame things between the hard railing and the soft flag, faces and hands.
Over on the other side I was mainly looking to see what I could get with the flag covering faces and other body parts, trying to capture a flag draping around someones head or face and getting the Barclays logo in somewhere.
The next thing was to play with the flag draping over whole bodies, perhaps have legs sprouting out from beneath a flag.
The rest were just miscellaneous attempts to frame lots of things together hoping for a little serendipity!
After about 30 minutes I ran out of ideas and luck, hopefully better luck next time.