Well, here we are. 2017 has arrived and the world waits to see how this year will pan out.
Here on the blog viewers are pouring in to visit the wide assortment of areas on the site. English photographers are the main area of interest, as might be expected. However, there is one other trend that intrigues me and that is the interest in the Scottish photographer listings.
Almost without fail, every day, someone, somewhere in the world pops in to explore the Scottish site. The 19th century saw worldwide migration from the Scottish homelands, so maybe our visitors are looking for information on photographic ancestors or hoping to find actual images of their forefathers?
Scotland readily embraced photography from its earliest days and quickly set up societies to foster the interest and advancement of the art. Edinburgh was understandably at the forefront but even smaller towns, such as Wick, way up in the northeast, soon took to capturing the images of their inhabitants, as well as local views.
As Burns Night (25th January) approaches and Scots all over the world celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, their national poet, we send greetings to all those who have already visited us and hope to see many more in the months to come. Below are two photographs of Scottish views, one of the fountain in West End Park Glasgow, by G W Wilson of Aberdeen. The other shows Holyrood Palace with the heights of Arthur’s Seat in the background, taken by Archibald Burns, Edinburgh.