Abandoned Edinburgh

Last year I posted about a project I started called Abandoned Televisions where I was capturing the televisions that had been dumped around Edinburgh (a bizarrely large amount). That project is still going strong, has become a collaboration, and has a new home so I thought I'd give you a little update.

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Fellow film photographer, Simon Kidd and I both love capturing the abandoned items in Edinburgh. So much so, we started talking about combining our efforts into one project and giving it a dedicated home on the internet. Whereas I have focused largely the televisions, Simon captured a broader field of abandoned items so we came up with Abandoned Edinburgh.

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As a result of this, you will no longer find me on Instagram as I don't like duplication across the internet and that was my main focus on there. During the time we moved this project Instagram also changed their terms of service and - although I don't think my Instagram shots are worth selling - it just didn't seem right so I closed it. The new website has a Twitter feed which you can find here - @abandonedin - and new posts are tweeted there daily. We have our own accounts on there too which you can follow - @sibokku and @iainkendall - if that is something you enjoy.

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The televisions remain a large focus for me in this new project - a project within a project - so you'll see lots more in the future. Simon has some great shots of the random things he sees in Edinburgh too and it always raises a smile when I check in. I hope you can join us.

Abandoned Televisions

Abandoned TVs started as a bit of fun on Instagram but has become an obsession for my walk to and from work. Rarely a week passes where I don't spot a TV at the roadside or beside a bin so I thought I'd share some of my favourites and talk a little about where I see the project going.

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The first photo I ever posted of an abandoned TV is above but it actually started before that when I spotted a TV sitting on a table with a lamp beside it at the roadside. I became interested in the idea of urban still lifes like this - objects gathered together (usually on bin collection day) at the side of the road outside of their usual surroundings - but what I actually started to notice were more and more TVs of different ages and styles.

As I said, it was a bit of fun - I started off spotting two or three a week and posting my favourites on Instagram but I have never stopped seeing them and it is fast approaching a year since I started. I don't post them all as some of them are just not interesting but I've included some of my favourites of what I do post below.

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As the project has grown I've made plans to move it into my film work - specifically my Holga as it matches how much I enjoy shooting with the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone. I've taken a few on my 35mm camera  as well which I enjoyed as it allowed me to play with depth of field but there aren't many at this stage.

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There is part of me that really likes having this on Instagram though so it will remain there for the time being, but to have this join my film work would probably please me more and I hope to have that happen in the future. Until then, if you're not following me on there already and would like to see more of this random project of mine then please feel free to add me (my username is "iainkendall") and let me know what you think.