It’s been a long time since I wandered around the beautiful city of Edinburgh properly. Around 12 years, in fact. When I was staying in Glasgow earlier this year, I jumped on a train and headed over to spend a day checking out the cemeteries of this ancient city and swung by the National Museum of Scotland – which I hadn’t been to before.

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

The museum is big and beautiful, with a large atrium in the centre and galleries filtering off at the sides. I only had a short amount of time and spent it mainly hanging out in the Natural History gallery (obviously) shooting a couple of rolls of film. These are a few of the colour shots I took.

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

The gallery has a main floor, with mezzanine levels around the outside which allows you to look at things from different angles, with different layers at each levels. This is clever.

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

It’s pretty dark, so I feel like the black and white photographs I shot will probably come out with a nice eerie feel to them. I was also shooting on my new Minolta, which I’m not entirely comfortable with yet, so some of the photographs are a bit shaky… but I still kind of like them all.

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

I really loved the museum. Its large airy feel made it feel a bit less claustrophobic than most other museums – it feels more open and inviting. I love the mix of art, history, culture and natural history – transitioning between all of these easily and beautifully.

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

I’m starting to think about heading north again in the Summer, and will absolutely plan a trip back for a better look.

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

All of these images where shot on my Minolta 9000 and are available in print form – get in touch if you are interested.

 

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