A unique vision of Edinburgh as seen through the lens of a city taxi driver will be on display in the Scottish Parliament this week.
The ‘Edinburgh People’ photography exhibition in Holyrood’s Garden Lobby will tell the story of the people who live and visit the capital, with pictures taken by Ryan Walls using his black cab as a mobile studio.
A reception to mark Mr Walls’ work will be hosted by Edinburgh and Lothian MSP Kezia Dugdale, who has also taken a taxi ride and been photographed as part of the exhibition. Along with Mr Walls’ current work will be a preview of his new August exhibition.
Kezia Dugdale said:
“When we rush to and from work, and go about our daily lives, we sometimes forget how beautiful Edinburgh is.
“We should be proud of our city, which is home to people from all walks of life and welcomes visitors from all over the world from diverse backgrounds and cultures to see the awe-inspiring architecture, natural beauty, and iconic attractions.
“Sitting in the back of a black cab is often people’s first experience of Edinburgh, and Ryan has managed to capture a unique vision of the stories these people have to tell. I’m delighted to be able to showcase his work to MSPs from across Scotland.”
Recalling his taxi ride with Kez, Ryan Walls said:
“It’s always interesting to meet a public figure – they’re often very different in person than they are in front of a TV camera. I’d only seen Kezia Dugdale being rather stern and serious, so I was delighted to find out that she was really easy going, even though she’d had a difficult and busy week, as usual.
“And it wasn’t over yet – I was taking her to an ASDA where she would hold an advice surgery for her constituents.
“It turned out that we have a lot in common: we like some of the same music, for example, and many of the same parts of Edinburgh such as Portobello, where she enjoys the cafe culture and community, and where my wife and I often take our kids to the beach.
“It doesn’t always feel like it, but the world is slowly becoming a better place, as social attitudes become more inclusive and more people are given equal opportunities. And a lot of that is thanks to people like Kezia, who work hard to try and make life fairer for everyone. I think that she’s a great role model for my two daughters.”
The Edinburgh People exhibition will be staged in the Scottish Parliament for one week from May 14.
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