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Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Street Performers

If you spend some time on the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you are likely to witness some very interesting shows. One afternoon, I noticed a big crowd was gathered not too far from the Tron Kirk, and judging by the noises that crowd was making, there obviously was a good show in progress.

I had missed the beginning of Able Mable’s Royal Mile show, and when I got there, she was about to make a child disappear.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show

Able Mable is introducing to the crowd the girl (bottom right of the photo) she is about to make disappear.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable show girl disappearance

The child is now inside the bag, and by casting a spell, Able Mable is going to make the girl disappear

Since the girl was just taken from the audience, she’s not quite up to speed as to what to do, and some hilarity ensues. It is hard to describe, you’re just going to have to go to one of Able Mable’s show to understand what I mean.

In the next part of her act, Able Mable showcased her balance and juggling skills. When I climb a latter, I insist it leans against something immovable. But Able Mable doesn’t need that. I’m not going to even try.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show, balancing on a ladder

Up on a ladder, she’s all smiles.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show, balancing at the top of a ladder

She’s about to ask someone from the crowd to throw her some juggling pins

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Able Mable Royal Mile show juggling on a ladder without any support

Juggling on top of a ladder that doesn’t have any support. Bravo!

Able Mable demonstrated some rather impressive skills. One aspect of her show that is difficult to convey in a blog post such as this is that she is extremely witty and funny. If you ever have an opportunity to see her perform, don’t miss it. You’ll have a great time.

Light Painting Comedienne Juliette Burton

Last December, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Juliette Burton.

Juliette is an award-winning actress, writer and performer, whose last show “Look At Me” received raving reviews in the national press at the Edinburgh fringe festival 2014.

At the time Juliette was about to move to London and wanted some photographic memories of her beautiful Edinburgh flat. I was very happy to oblige because I relished the challenge of light painting a new type of environmental portrait.

Light painting of actress, writer and performer Juliette Burton in her Edinburgh flat, sitting in a chair

Juliette wanted to be photographed in front of this wall. I really liked the two open doors and the story they tell, so the framing of the photograph pretty much worked itself out.

I really love working with artists. They are very engaged during the shoot and it makes my job as a photographer easier. In all the photographs, there are a number of items included whose true meaning only Juliette knows!

Light painting of actress, writer and performer Juliette Burton sitting in front of  the fireplace in her Edinburgh flat

Juliette particularly liked the fireplace in her flat. This is my favourite of the four set ups we tried.

But the beauty of photographs is that you can interpret them in your own way, even if that isn’t what the subject and photographer intended. And I’m sure you can create your own story with each of the photographs shown here.

Light painting of actress, writer and performer Juliette Burton standing by  the fireplace in her Edinburgh flat

This is my second favourite of the fireplace setups. The wall was rather bland, and you may have notices that I overlaid a texture on top of the photographs to make the wall a bit more interesting.

Juliette was a joy to collaborate with. A subject is always vulnerable in front of the camera, and she/he must trust the photographer to do them justice. Juliette and I first met on the photo shoot and I was very grateful she trusted me from the beginning. That is why I’m really delighted she likes the results.