My first photographs taken at Kingholm Quay in Dumfries, about 500 yards from our house, will give you an idea where we live now. It was only several days after River Nith flooded the bottom of the road, so the wonderful expanse of marshland grass where the locals walked their dogs (and which I designated as a potential spot for environmental portraits) was covered by water.
Still I liked the soft pastel tones rendered by the diffused afternoon light spilling through pre-storm clouds.
Kingholm Quay was built in 1749 as part of the port of Dumfries. The port of Dumfries was at one time known as the Scottish Liverpool for its role in tobacco imports from Americam Virginia and later in the early 1800s as a place from which emigrant ships sailed to the colonies, particularly Canada. Despite its illustrious past Kingholm Quay harbour suffered many years of neglect and only recently, in 2010, a team of volunteers from the port of Dumfries development group brought the facilities back to life as a safe place for inland boat repair and as a working harbour for leisure sailors.
I can’t wait for a warmer weather to organise a portrait photography session there!