Lumberjack Inc.

2edit_edited-3Scot Thompson is Head Honcho at Lumberjack Inc.

Popped up to Aberdeen Union Square today to see Lumberjack Inc. Having not seen him for quite a few months it was good catching up and seeing how busy and successful his business is getting.

Scott a former Professional Athlete (represented British Junior and Scottish Senior Teams in Shot Putt and Discus) launched Lumberjack Inc. in October 2015.

Struggling to find someone to repair his damaged fencing he decided to give it a bash himself. Having completed the job, his wife commented that with his beard and checked shirt covered in sawdust he looked like a lumberjack.

His beard was also an issue. Being very active, it got messy very easily and he wanted to find a way to maintain it properly. Months of research later, he now has his own range of unique fragrances which help keep his beard lovely and soft.

Exclusive to Lumberjack Inc. Scot was telling me today is the ‘Jack Pack’

A subscription pack monthly, 2 monthly or 4 monthly  that will be delivered to your door or work place without the need to re-order. After trying today the Beard Wash Slice (Mint & Tea Tree) you can’t beat the quality and value on his products!!!

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Scot – Union Square

Oh one last thing Lumberjack Inc. are proud sponsors of FUZZFEST!!!

‘Lets Get To It …’

Well today was awesome!! very busy in the studio which I love and more to the point working with the lovely Jamila always makes me happy.  These selected photo’s above are just a few of my favourites so far. (still loads to edit)

I’d love to hear any comments!

Jamila always makes the photo shoots a fun experience and there are plenty of laughs throughout the day, also Jamila is very open to suggestions and always delivers that awesome shot for me.

She’s a true professional and make me very happy when I get the chance to work with her!

Todays shoot was for Mandi Candi Boutique Dundee.

Model: Jamila Aubad

Welcome 2017!

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City Quays Dundee

 

Welcome 2017!!

Today’s my first day back from an unbelievably relaxing Christmas and New Years break — so I’d better get back at it. Glad to see you here again, and best wishes for an awesome 2017!

 

– Robert

Autumn Shirts @mandi-candi.com

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Mandi Candi autumn collection just keeps getting bigger and better!!, this week I worked with the lovely new model Courtney and had great fun shooting the new arrivals in store.  These great new shirts are just a few of the new arrivals this week and perfect for the chilly days ahead great quality too!!!

Check out the new arrivals in store and online daily at Mandi Candi, 18a Exchange Street, Dundee. www.mandi-candi.com

 

Iron Mike Towell

I had the pleasure of photographing Mike in June 2014 in Dundee, he was a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with.  After hearing the tragic news about his sudden death I would just like to share a few of my favourite images I took on that day in June.

A Just Give page has been set up by Ricky Hatton who donated £5,000 and with the target of £20,000 set has been reached and is still rising!!  Which is fantastic news!!

Rest In Peace Mike.

 

 

 

 

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

 

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura – One of only four in Scotland – is housed in a purpose-designed turret room in the Barrie Pavilion on Kirrie Hill. It provides a fascinating glimpse into another era and striking views of the surrounding countryside.

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura was gifted to the town by the creator of Peter Pan along with the cricket pavilion in which it is situated.

It was opened by the author on 7th June 1930 soon after JM Barrie was given the freedom of Kirriemuir.

One of only four in the  Scotland, Kirriemuir Camera Obscura boasts stunning views of the town, the surrounding countryside and glens. Friendly guides will explain how the equipment works and the various landmarks which can be viewed.

Since the Camera Obscura works best on bright sunny days there are  times when the view will not be at its best due to weather conditions.

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group were proud to be able to re-open the pavilion  – BY  the people of Kirriemuir, FOR the people of, and visitors to, Kirriemuir on 7th June 2015 –  the 85th anniversary of the original opening.

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While the technical principles of the Camera Obscura have been known since antiquity, the broad use of the technical concept in producing images with a linear perspective in paintings, maps, theatre setups and architectural and later photographic images and movies started in the Western Renaissance and the scientific revolution. While e.g. Alhazen had already observed an optical effect and developed a state of the art theory of the refraction of light, he was less interested to produce images with it ; the society he lived in was even hostile towards personal images. Western artists and philosophers used the Arab findings in new frameworks of epistemic relevance. e.g. Leonardo da Vinci used the Camera Obscura as a model of the eye, René Descartes for eye and mind and John Locke started to use the Camera Obscura as a metaphor of human understanding per se. The modern use of the Camera Obscura as an epistemic machine had important side effects for science.

History

The earliest  written record of the Camera Obscura is to be found in the writings of Mozi (470 to 390 BC), a Chinese philosopher and the founder of Mohism. Mozi correctly asserted that the image in a Camera Obscura is flipped upside down because light travels in straight lines from its source. His disciples developed this into a minor theory of optics.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 to 322 BC) was familiar with the principle of the Camera Obscura. He viewed the crescent shape of a partially eclipsed sun projected on the ground through the holes in a sieve and through the gaps between the leaves of a plane tree. In the 4th century BC, Aristotle noted that “sunlight travelling through small openings between the leaves of a tree, the holes of a sieve, the openings wickerwork, and even interlaced fingers will create circular patches of light on the ground.” Euclid’s Optics (c. 300 BC) mentioned the Camera Obscura as a demonstration that light travels in straight lines. In the 4th century, Greek scholar Theon of Alexandria observed that “candlelight passing through a pinhole will create an illuminated spot on a screen that is directly in line with the aperture and the centre of the candle.”

In the 6th century, the Byzantine-Greek mathematician and architect Anthemius of Tralles (most famous for designing the Hagia Sophia), used a type of Camera Obscura in his experiments.

In the 9th century, Al-Kindi (Alkindus) demonstrated that “light from the right side of the flame will pass through the aperture and end up on the left side of the screen, while light from the left side of the flame will pass through the aperture and end up on the right side of the screen.”

Then Ibn Al-Haytham (AD 965–1039), also known as Alhazen, described a ‘dark chamber’ and experimented with images seen through the pinhole. He arranged three candles in a row and put a screen with a small hole between the candles and the wall. He noted that images were formed only by means of small holes and that the candle to the right made an image to the left on the wall.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), familiar with the work of Alhazen in Latin translation and after an extensive study of optics and human vision, published the first clear description of the Camera Obscura in Codex Atlanticus (1502):

If the facade of a building, or a place, or a landscape is illuminated by the sun and a small hole is drilled in the wall of a room in a building facing this, which is not directly lighted by the sun, then all objects illuminated by the sun will send their images through this aperture and will appear, upside down, on the wall facing the hole.

You will catch these pictures on a piece of white paper, which placed vertically in the room not far from that opening, and you will see all the above-mentioned objects on this paper in their natural shapes or colours, but they will appear smaller and upside down, on account of crossing of the rays at that aperture. If these pictures originate from a place which is illuminated by the sun, they will appear coloured on the paper exactly as they are. The paper should be very thin and must be viewed from the back.

In 13th-century England, Roger Bacon described the use of a Camera Obscura for the safe observation of solar eclipses. At the end of the 13th century, Arnaldus de Villa Nova is credited with using a camera obscura to project live performances for entertainment. Its potential as a drawing aid may have been familiar to artists by as early as the 15th century; Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519 AD) described the Camera Obscura in Codex Atlanticus. Johann Zahn’s Oculus Artificialis Teledioptricus Sive Telescopium, published in 1685, contains many descriptions, diagrams, illustrations and sketches of both the Camera Obscura and the magic lantern.

Giambattista della Porta improved the Camera Obscura by replacing the hole with an old man’s lenticular (biconvex) lens in his Magia Naturalis (1558-1589), the popularity of which helped spread knowledge of it. He compared the shape of the human eye to the lens in his Camera Obscura, and provided a readily comprehensible example of how light forms images in the eye. One chapter in the Conte Algarotti’s Saggio sopra Pittura (1764) is dedicated to the use of a camera ottica (“optic chamber”) in painting.

The 17th century Dutch Masters, such as Johannes Vermeer, were known for their magnificent attention to detail. It has been widely speculated that they made use of such a camera, but the extent of their use by artists at this period remains a matter of considerable controversy.

The term “Camera Obscura” itself was first used by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1604. The term is based on the Latin camera, “(vaulted) chamber or room”, and obscura, “darkened” (plural: camerae obscurae). Taken from the Kirrieuir Camera Obscura Website

Pipeworks Gym

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Cosgrove from Pipework Gym in Glasgow.
Pipeworks  Gym is a private gym situated at the new address of 300 Broomloan Road, Glasgow, G51 2JQ, between Govan and Ibrox tube stations. This private gym is where Sean offers 1 on 1 training sessions, as well a meal prep classes.
Sean has 12 years of experience of bodybuilding and powerlifting that he applies to average people in order to attain a goal, a whole lifestyle approach is used rather than just focusing on the training. Sean coaches new people and gives them the knowledge and confidence to walk into any free weights section of any gym and know exactly what to do. As well as taking people that have been lifting a while and taking them to the next level.  Check out his 5 Star reviews
While photographing Sean he had a vast amount of professional knowledge to offer on his work and business ethics. This guy knows his stuff and with his friendly attitude and knowledge its well worth speaking to him!!
Sean is currently looking at offering couples sessions too.
Sean’s Pipeworks Facebook Page is a great way to keep up to date with all what’s happening, and all the services he has to offer.
I have another photo shoot planed in October and can’t wait for an update on how the gym is progressing.  Sean is a well informed guy in his field and I’d recommend checking this gym out if your serious about lifting and health advice.