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A Picture-in-Picture Adventure: United Kingdom

By Darren Brogan Sep 13, 2016

A continuation from "A Picture-in-Picture Adventure: Taiwan."

When my wife and I returned from our holiday, we had an urge to explore places closer to home here in the UK. It’s all too easy to forget just how amazing and beautiful your home can be because you see it so regularly. So with a rekindled desire to explore and photograph Scotland and the UK a little more, I thought I’d pack the Polaroid Snap and try and capture it from a different Picture-in-Picture perspective. 

I work in the city of Edinburgh and because I see it day in day out, I have always found it difficult to photograph. However, I put my tourist hat on and decided to visit a couple of the many famous spots in the heart of the city.

My first stop was the renowned statue of Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his late owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. In his memory, a small statue sits outside the gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. And with some interesting light on a chilly afternoon, I grabbed my first Picture-in-Picture shot in Edinburgh.

My second stop in Edinburgh was to one of the most iconic streets just off the Royal Mile—Cockburn Street. For years, photographers and Instagrammers have visited this street to capture it. And in particular, they’ve been keen to capture this corner shop situated near the top of the street as it joins the Royal Mile. In truth, I’ve never actually photographed it myself and so I thought I’d capture it, Picture-In-Picture style for something a little different.

On our way back, I spotted a rugged orange-roofed cottage in a nearby village. The Picture-in-Picture shot turned out very well—the bright orange roof coming out well in the shot. It was a great way to capture the memory.

From the remote islands of Scotland to the rolling hills of England’s Lake District. In the spirit of exploring the UK a little more, my wife and I went on a camping trip to the north of England. The goal was to climb England’s highest peak—Scafell Pike. Tackling the mountain was easy enough but the most interesting part of our weekend away was exploring the rural villages in and around the area. Every village was packed full of lovely cottages, tea rooms and cafes.

Drawn to bright colours and quaint cottages… this bright green door was perfect for another Picture-in-Picture snap.

My last stop on this Picture-In-Picture photo journey takes us to the Highlands of Scotland, to the famous glen—Glencoe. Glencoe is home of the famous Lagangarbh Hut. I've driven through Glencoe on many occasions and I nearly always stop to photograph this iconic 'wee white house.' And I’m not the only one, tourists love photographing this house and it's probably one of the most photographed in the country. 

However, I recently had the pleasure of staying inside the famous hut for the evening with a bunch of Instagrammers. It was a brilliant experience: made all the more special because we had a guitar and ended up singing songs until the early hours.

After a long night singing songs, I took a stroll outside in the morning light and grabbed my last Picture-in-Picture shot on this journey. Needless to say this was my favourite. The conditions were perfect and the shot turned out great.

Thanks for joining me on my UK Picture-in-Picture journey. Check out my trip to Taiwan if you haven't yet!

To see more of Darren's work check out his Instagram profile here. To learn more about the Polaroid Snap camera, see here.