Every year or so I fly to Tucson, Arizona to visit my parents. While I tend to shorthand with people to say I am going ‘home’ it’s not really true. My parents moved out to AZ while I was in my second year at University so I’ve never lived there and know no one outside of my parents and brother.
Also I should say they don’t live in down town Tucson but in a town 30 miles south jokingly referred to as God’s Waiting Room. Besides it being important for me to see my family when I live so far away I now try to see these couple of weeks a year as creative challenges.
With my trusty Olympus OM-D at my side, my camera of choice for travelling, I can entertain myself through almost any outing. Like this trip to a local garden centre to shop for plants to add to back patio. Gardening has never really been my thing and the desert is not my climate of choice (I moved to Scotland!).
But meandering around photographing plants was not only a great way to pass the time and help prevent me from reverting to my younger self whining about when we could leave, but it also helped me develop more appreciation for the beauty and resilience of desert life.
Even when I’m back home in Edinburgh and find myself sitting in a boring conversation, a play that isn’t that engaging, or film that should have had better editors (Last Jedi) and don’t have the luxury of having my camera, photography can still save the day. I simply entertain myself either by studying the lighting or thinking about how I would photograph it if I did have my camera.
One of the great joys of following a project over time is seeing how much things have changed when you’ve been away for a while. True to form stepping into the walled garden in Granton after slightly over a month away was amazing. The team had clearly been incredibly busy over the autumn months and was continuing work apace even through rapidly dropping temperatures. I’ll leave the photographs to do most of the talking but it continues to be a pleasure and a privilege to photograph in this space.