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CMedi People: Audrey Barnes

The night before our next exciting CreativeMornings Edinburgh event, brings us to our next CMedi People blog post where we introduce a member of our community to you all online.

Now, do you remember the amazing blog posts that have been coming out about our CreativeMornings events in the last few months from someone called Audrey? If not, we highly recommend that you take a read here. Well tonight we’re excited to be able to introduce you all virtually to the incredible woman behind the blog, Audrey Barnes. 


Photograph of Audrey Barnes by Ellie Morag

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I’m originally from the US, and have lived in Scotland since 1993. People tend to know me by my tattoos and mixed-up, Scottish-American accent! I’m currently a student, studying Intercultural Business Communication, but my passions are broad and multifaceted. I guess you could call me a Jack/Jane of all trades!  

What made you decide to come along to our CreativeMornings Edinburgh event last month?

After attending my first CreativeMornings Edinburgh event in August, I saw how it’s created a space for talented and passionate artists/creative thinkers from diverse industries and specialities to meet, collaborate, and inspire each other. It’s a pleasure to even just bear witness too, so I couldn’t not come along to each following event. It is probably also why I started writing about the events – I was excited to share the atmosphere with others.

How did you find out about CreativeMornings?

I was studying for a semester in the States, and feeling a little homesick for Scotland, so started looking up events and opportunities to get involved in once I returned to Edinburgh.  I stumbled across the CreativeMornings Edinburgh instagram as a result, just as the #CMEquality event was being talked about on social media, back in July. The guest that month was Kara Brown from The Young Women’s Movement - the chatter online about the talk really drew me to want to come along – to share in the experience.

What’s your usual morning routine?

Coffee, breakfast, reading, and writing. The coffee and breakfast are a must, especially since my days tend to be busy. The reading and writing varies, between researching for writing projects, actually working on writing projects, or just going through books or saved articles off and online. Even if I have to wake up early to guarantee time for that routine, I will do it.

What did you like best about our September event?

Alyson Thomson, the speaker at the event, was just fantastic. The topic of Dignity in Dying is a difficult one for many, but she has an amazing way of communicating which facilitates both rational objectivity and whole-hearted compassion, simultaneously. Then to be surrounded by creative individuals, ready and willing to engage with each other and the guest speaker, it’s a very positive atmosphere to be a part of. There’s talent, community, collaboration, and the sense that folks are coming up with creative ideas all around you.  

What is your creative calling?

I’m still figuring that one out in all honesty. 10 years ago, I was in aerospace engineering, whilst also working in arts and music scenes, then found out I had potential in business and communication… I’m still passionate about each of these things, and so much in between.    

What or who inspires you?

My answer to this hasn’t changed much over the years, and I suppose it’s a cliché, but it’s true. My Mom is my inspiration. She worked hard as a single mother, in a new country, and now has a successful medical practice where she pours her heart into looking after others. As a result, it’s people who use their skills, talent, time, and energy to create things which are socially conscious that inspire me.  

Can you list a few of your favourite creative resources?


Firstly, I love to read, especially books written from diverse international perspectives and genres. It not only changes, but broadens your view of the world, and makes your brain fit for innovation. Some that I have read recently:

  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murikami 
  • Reservation Blues – Sherman Alexie 
  • No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation – Kamanamaikalani Beamer
  • Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who do the Most with the Least – Jessica Jackley
  • The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek – Manu Saadia 
  • Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard – Chip Heath
  • The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen

There are some creative folks who I like to follow, too:

Seth Godin: - He’s an incredibly creative thinker, writer, business person, and carer of people. I can’t even keep up with how many books he’s written, as well as his daily blog posts. He was even involved in CreativeMornings New York, and the CreativeMornings Podcast.

Sarah Muirhead: - I’m so lucky to be able to call her a friend, which may make you think I’m biased, until you see her art. Not only is she a stunning artist, but she’s a wonderful human. Her words, as well as her paintings/drawings, will inspire.

Steven Paul Judd: - He’s a Kiowa and Choctaw artist, writer, and all-round creative. Connect with any of the art he produces and you’ll struggle to stay in a fixed or un-inspired mindset.

Creative sites/newsletters:

The Literary Hub team’s newsletter: - It’s a create resource for articles and recommendations, all of which will expand your thinking… and reading list.

Brain Pickings: - Their articles focus on all things which stimulate creative thinking, from artists and musicians, to great philosophers and writers. I look forward to each and every instalment.

What do you do to take care of your creative soul?

There are so many ways that I try and take care of my creative soul, from listening to music and reading whenever possible, to cultivating a positive online environment e.g. Following inspirational people on social media, and writing a blog which shines a light on the good work of people I meet. However, the main thing that works for me has been to go out and have conversations with conscientious, creative people. It’s not always easy, but a keen focus on active listening and encouraging others can leave you feeling motivated at the end of each day.  

A huge thank you goes to Audrey for taking the time to share more about herself with the rest of our wonderful CreativeMornings Edinburgh community. Don’t forget to say hi if you spot her at tomorrow’s event! 

Three Years of CreativeMornings/Edinburgh already! To mark this we would like to celebrate what makes Edinburgh such a Creative City - YOU - our thriving community. We’re inviting you to nominate someone that inspires you to take the stage on 24th January!

January’s month’s theme is “Anxiety” and 2018 marks Scotland’s Year of Young People so we’re looking for speaker nominations that relate and have a message to share on this vast and relatable topic. 

We always strive to celebrate diversity and so we’d like to showcase stories from both ends of the spectrum, 18 years old - ambitious and just starting out in a Creative pursuit as well as speakers who are further along on their journey and have a message we can learn from. Each speaker will have 8-10 minutes, with or without sides to share their journey.

This special evening event will be a fun and informal gathering and we’d love to see a good representation of our divers audience take the stage. If you want to get involved email us at with a few words about what you would like to speak about.

We’ll choose a selection of these submissions and announce the lineup in December. The event will be at Assembly Roxy on Wednesday 24th January 2018 from 6:00pm till 9:30pm.

The stage is calling. Don’t be shy.


To mark our 3rd Birthday we would like to celebrate what makes Edinburgh such a Creative City - YOU - our thriving community. We’re inviting you to nominate someone who inspires you and has a creative story to share during this special evening event!

January’s theme is “Anxiety” and also marks the beginning of Scotland’s the Year of Young People we’re looking for speakers who can relate to either or both themes in some way, either through their work or life story. We love to celebrate our diverse audience and so are looking for speakers from both ends of the spectrum: 18 years old and ambitious, fiercely perusing your creative calling as well as speakers who are further along in their journey and have the scars and smiles to prove it. 

Each speaker will have 8-10 minutes to take the stage and get their message across, slides or no-slides, speaking or performing.

This special evening event will be a fun and informal gathering. If you want to nominate someone (self-nominations are accepted too) email us at with a few words about who you’re nominating and why or what you would like to speak about.

We’ll choose a selection of these submissions to announce in December. The event will be at Assembly Roxy on Wednesday 24th January from 6:00pm till 9:30pm.

The stage is calling. Don’t be shy.

The closing date for applications is December Monday 11th and we’ll announce the speakers on the 15th December. 

CMedi People: Joe Knops

We’re all very excited to introduce you all virtually to another wonderful member of our CreativeMornings Edinburgh community, Joe Knops.


Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I’m a freelance digital consultant. That covers a multitude of areas and whilst I have a broad set of skills, the ones I try to pursue are around UX and design. UX in understanding the user and how they behave in a specific context, and design in how to solve problems – visually and functionally. I also project manage but that’s not quite so exciting.

What made you decide to come along to our CreativeMornings Edinburgh event in August?

I’ve been attending CreativeMornings since the start of the year. Despite having worked in the “creative industry” for many years I had never attended many events but since going freelance I was conscious of having to meet like-minded people.

How did you find out about CreativeMornings?

I think it was recommended to me – I had been vaguely aware of it before then but hadn’t really considered a morning event.

What’s your usual morning routine?

Other than dropping my two girls off at school I don’t really have a routine – it depends what I have on.

What did you like best about our event in August?

I was surprised by Sashana’s talk – she turned the topic of genius on its head and gave it a much needed reality check. She recognised that genius doesn’t come from working in isolation and it very rarely comes from a light bulb moment. Being a genius is in many ways about a way of thinking – a discipline.

What I also found interesting was her observation that there are times to be creative and times where you need to execute – both are as valuable but each require a different approach.

What is your creative calling?

I don’t really think myself as being creative as such – I believe more in process and taking time to really understand a problem. The more you understand a problem the easier the solutions appear – not very exotic!

What or who inspires you?

I think you can find inspiration in most things – objects around you, people, music, books. I love the work of Saul Bass, Miro and the electronic music of the late seventies, early eighties.

And, of course CreativeMornings!

Can you list a few of your favourite creative resources?

I’m a big fan of Google, YouTube and Netflix’s recent Abstract series.

What do you do to take care of your creative soul?

Don’t try to be creative – most things don’t need to be vastly different just executed well.

A big thank you goes to Joe for agreeing to take part in our #CMedi People project. We as volunteers are all really enjoy getting to know a bit more about the wonderful people who make up our #CMedi community, and we hope you all are too.

Now, if you’re heading along to our CreativeMornings Edinburgh event this Friday please do give Joe a big wave and say hi if you see him about.

If you’d like the opportunity to introduce yourself to the CreativeMornings Community digitally via our #CMedi People blog, catch up with Cilla or Ellie (our crew members) at our event on Friday and they’ll be able to hook you up. We look forward to seeing you all very soon. Only one sleep until the best morning of the month! 

CMedi People: Chris Muir

For the next in our series of #CMedi People blog posts, we’re very excited to introduce you all digitally to CreativeMornings Edinburgh community member, Chris Muir!

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I’m a copywriter. I love what I do.

I get paid to, effectively, learn on behalf of my clients. Unless I understand what the problem is, I can’t work out how to fix it.

I also lecture one-day-a-week at Edinburgh Napier University on the MSc in Creative Advertising.

And I’m passionate about keeping things just as simple as they need to be. But not at the expense of being interesting. For example, which of the following statements is more memorable?

“Women don’t get the recognition they deserve.”


“Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. Only she did it backwards and in high heels.”

I’ve also got quite a bit of experience, as I’ve been doing it for quite a long time (see below). 


2. Why did you decide to come along to our CreativeMornings Edinburgh event last month?

I come along to almost every event that’s run by CreativeMornings. It’s a great way to be inspired and catch up with what people are up to. And it’s a great place for students to meet people who are already working in the industry.

3. How did you find out about CreativeMornings?

I honestly can’t remember. Maybe through Twitter? Alex has been an amazing driving force, along with the rest of the team. When people put that much love into something, it feels wrong to not come along and join in.

4. What is your usual morning routine? 

I don’t really have one. It depends on what I’m doing that particular day. Or how late I worked the night before. My life tends to just fit in around whatever I have to do. I have more of a night routine. I’ll keep going until I finish whatever I need to finish. And I enjoy a walk after I’m done. Lucky then that I enjoy the solitude of the small hours.

5. What did you like best about our CreativeMornings Edinburgh event in July? Do you remember it?

I thought Kara’s talk was really inspiring. I’m currently working with two gender pay equality groups (Kerning the Gap in London and Ladies Wine Design in Edinburgh), so Kara’s insights and knowledge were really useful. It’s encouraging to see another young woman with the confidence and belief to stand up for what is right. 

6. What is your creative calling?

Using big ideas to make people a) notice the message and b) do something as a result. The older I get the more I work with voluntary and charitable groups to help them spread their messages and raise funds. 

7. What or who inspires you?

This could be quite a long list. 

Buckle up. (In no particular order) here goes:

Dave Trott, Dave Dye, Vicki Maguire, Juliette Forrest, Alan MacCuish, Tom Richards, Spike Milligan, Dr Seuss, Adrian Jeffery, Vikki Ross, Tiger Savage, Frank Budgen, Sir John Hegarty, David Abbott, Alex Holder, Peter Cook, Paul Arden, Tony Brignull, Alexandra Taylor, Susie Henry, Andy McLeod, Paul Bruke, Margaret Calvert, Sanam Petri, Dave Droga, Hollie Newton, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Jim Al-Khalili, Malcolm Gladwell, Alex Humphry-Baker, Elmore Leonard, Jim Downie, Keshia Thomas. 

I discover new people who inspire me almost every day. 

And my students. That’s the most rewarding part of teaching - their ideas and their enthusiasm are infectious. 

8. Can you list a few of your favourite creative resources that you’d recommend to others?

Dave Trott’s blog -  a weekly dose of brutally smart thinking, wrapped up in a story you’ll easily remember (clever, that).

Dave Dye’s blog - an astonishing online resource for all creatives. Dave takes you from the brief to the finished ads, showing you the warts-and-all journey. He’s also just digitised all his notebooks - giving you insight into 20+ years of creative genius. 

Podcasts - they’re free and you can fit them in almost anywhere. Revisionist History, Hidden Brian, 99% Invisible, This American Life, Unfictional. 

D&AD annuals - I inhale these on an almost unhealthy scale.

D&AD website

As an extra - I’d also like to share five ads below that show a level of thinking that inspires me. See what you think!


9. How do you take care of your creative soul?

I go for walks. Late at night, headphones on, podcast loaded up. I’ll walk for around an hour before going to bed most evenings. I live by the sea, so it’s a lovely walk. I’ve seen the Aurora Borealis, 300 Spanish people having a rave on the beach at 3am and some amazing star vistas on my strolls. Walking is an amazing way to recharge yourself physically and mentally.

I also (thanks to being old) now know when to knock work on the head and go and do something less boring instead. Your subconscious mind is the real power you have. Fill your brain with all the information you have. Think about the problem until your head hurts. And then go and do something entirely different. 

Trying to force a solution when your brain isn’t ready is the least efficient way to do anything. But having the confidence, when deadlines are looming, to know that walking away is the best thing you can do, is hard to learn. The sooner you learn it, the happier you’ll be.

Also, remember that we’re not coming up with a cure for cancer. Learn to have some perspective about what we do for a living. Collaborate on projects. Work with people whose work you admire. Do some good in the world. 


A huge thank you to Chris for taking the time to share more about himself with us, and for being an inspirational community member himself! Don’t forget to say hi if you see him on Friday at our next CreativeMornings Edinburgh event. Remember to book online through our website before Friday, places go quick! 

If you’d like the opportunity to introduce yourself to the CreativeMornings Community digitally via our #CMedi People blog, catch up with Cilla or Ellie (our crew members) at our event on Friday and they’ll be able to hook you up. We look forward to seeing you all very soon. Two sleeps and counting. 

Photography by Ellie Morag. 

CreativeMornings Edinburgh: August Reminiscing 

Guest blog post from CreativeMornings Edinburgh community member, Audrey Barnes.

Not so long ago, I was introduced to the wild and inspiring world of CreativeMornings, via an Instagram post on the topic of #Equality. I soon discovered that equality was a theme, setting the broad focus for a vast, and open, community that lay beyond this single post. A community which connects 175 cities around the world… and counting. After reading the initiative’s manifesto, concluding in the lines “We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighborhoods and cities around the world. Everyone is welcome.”, I was excited to discover more. Finally, on Friday the 25th of August, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend my very first Creative Mornings event, here in our fair city of Edinburgh.

Last month, the event took place in the University of Edinburgh’s Appleton Tower, at the heart of the city, still buzzing with the spirit of Edinburgh’s festival season. With this month’s theme of #Genius, a word which evokes mental images of the likes of Elon Musk, Jimi Hendrix, and Zadie Smith, there was an air of excited anticipation amongst the attendees, curious to discover what genius is at work within Edinburgh’s creative community. And, I’m pleased to say, the guest speaker of the day did not disappoint…

Sashana Souza Zanella, one half of Edinburgh Food Studio’s founding duo, welcomed us to her talk with an inspirational discussion on the evolution of Genius as a human concept, journeying through time from Greek and Roman philosophers, through the Renaissance, all the way to John Cleese’s theories on creative genius. A fast, yet eloquent introduction, which revealed Souza’s own creative influences to be drawn from a diverse network of sources, and implemented in her work with both dedication and humorous flair.

A young chef, anthropologist, and entrepreneur from Montreal, Souza and her partner, Ben Reade, met whilst studying at the internationally renowned University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Piedmont, Italy. Some time after graduating, bringing their over 25 years of combined culinary experience, they made the move to Edinburgh in pursuit of building their own successful restaurant. However, as Souza pointed out, a significant barrier of limited finances was met before they were ready to open their doors to business, and they were forced to make tough decisions regarding the future of the venture. In a true display of creative daring and dedication, they decided to go all in on launching an even larger concept, as a Food Studio and as a Kickstarter campaign, instead of “turning it into a little cafe as it was, or something…”

Since the campaign launch two years ago, on the 7th of September 2015, they have long surpassed their £10,000 goal, receiving over £17,000 from 228 backers – all in time to launch their studio only two months later, in November of 2015. Going beyond the more traditional restaurant or food institute models, Souza and Reade’s Food studio draws individuals from around the world, to partake in all manner of food related discovery. From research and sharing of production and preparation techniques, to artistic service and dining.

The most inspiring element of Souza’s talk, however, was the lack of self-congratulations (although the vision of her and her partner is very much worthy), and the all-out celebration of individuals who have collaborated in bringing the Edinburgh Food Studio concept to life, with their time, money, craft, and custom. She shared a motivating vision of the work she dedicates herself to, as a product of community, continuous improvement, and open innovation.

Throughout the rest of her talk, Souza shared pictures, anecdotes, and bios of the individuals who have travelled from around the world to collaborate with her and her team within the Food Studio.  A fantastic portrait of a culinary haven, blending bohemian artistry and a studious dedication to scientific techniques, that bridges the gap between international gastronomy elites and everyday lovers of all things delicious. She demonstrates that creative genius often requires more than the ability to come up with great ideas, but the ability to convey your vision to a wider community of inspired folks, and motivate them to get on board with that vision by celebrating all that each individual contributes in their participation… as well as having the guts to put your big dreams out for all to see!

To finish off the wonderful morning, Larah Bross gave a brief but – entirely engaging – introduction to her business, Bross Bagels. Hailing from Quebec, Canada, she is the founder of Portobello’s newly opened Bakery and Bagel shop, bringing the tastes and techniques of Montreal’s Jewish deli’s to Scottish shores. Yet another daring and adventurous food industry entrepreneur, she not only provided all of us at Creative Mornings Edinburgh with a tasty bagel breakfast, but also gave a further example of how having the guts to run with a creative idea can become a genius venture. Now nearing a month since their doors opened to customers, they are already attracting much attention and praise.

In fact, my own mother decided to pop on by for her birthday lunch on the 1st of September, and ended up sharing company with local foodies, young and old, local police officers, and several tourists, all customers eager to try the pumpernickel, cinnamon raisin, and many other bagel varieties on offer. My Mom’s review of the baked goods? “Five stars… We’ll definitely be back! Delicious!”

You can find more about the Edinburgh Food studio on their website, here – and don’t forget to sign up to their newsletter, so you can keep up to date on what great chefs and events will be hosted next. They also run a beautiful instagram account @EdFoodStudio, which will be enough to make your taste buds ready to pop on by for one of their 7-course banquets.

Bross Bagels also has a fun and tasty instgram account @Bross_Bagels, and you can find Bross Bagels at 186 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh – take my Mother’s word for it, it’s worth a trip on over!

Creative Mornings have now launched their theme for September, which will be, “Compassion”. I can’t wait to see who the guest speaker will be, and to get busy with sharing some #CMCompassion inspiration with the Creative Mornings community. If you would like to come along to the events, they are free to attend, and tickets are available on their website. If you’re not in Edinburgh, don’t worry, they take place in over the world… find your nearest chapter here!

Photography by Ellie Morag.

CMedi People: Denise Strohsahl 

Over the next few months, we will be trialling an exciting new blog series called #CMedi People. This is our way of sharing the love and introducing you all digitally to the wonderful people who make up our CreativeMornings Edinburgh community.

First up is Denise Strohsahl from sandstonecastles in Edinburgh.


Denise, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself?

“I’m originally from Germany. In 2010, I sold my car and most of my belongings, got rid of my flat and quit my job as creative director – and moved to Edinburgh. I arrived here with two suitcases and a backpack and registered as a freelancer the very next day. Haven’t looked back once.”

What made you decide to come along to our CreativeMornings Edinburgh event last month?

“Since CreativeMornings Edinburgh had re-started in March, I was always busy with work on the last Friday of the month. In July, I finally managed to keep the day free. And the topic of Equality was a big draw for me, too!”

How did you find out about CreativeMornings? 

“Honestly, I don’t remember. Probably via Twitter. I only remember that I went to the very first one here in Edinburgh, at Summerhall. And I enjoyed it so much, it quickly became a fixed part of my schedule.” 

What’s your usual morning routine?

“Tea. Lots of it. I usually check the news and my social media feeds while slowly (!) waking up.”

What did you like best about our July event?

“Apart from the topic, I was quite excited to see the co-working space at The Melting Pot. I always wanted to check it out but somehow never managed. Loved it!”

What is your creative calling? 

“Copywriting. I am a marketing consultant now, helping other sole traders and small business owners to promote their products. But I still create campaigns and write copy for my clients. I couldn’t do without it!”

What or who inspires you? 

“I’m completely useless when it comes to drawing or any kind of visual creativity. (I couldn’t hold a candle to a bunch of four-year-olds armed with crayons and paper!). So, people who can turn a few simple lines into a work of art and express so much without using a single word fascinate me. I find that very inspiring!”

Can you list a few of your favourite creative resources? 

  • Creative Boom is great for creatives and freelancers in general. 
  • From a marketing point of view, Naomi Dunford from Ittybiz is always a great read. The focus of her blog has changed a bit over the years but it’s still great, down-to-earth advice. 
  • And nothing is better than having Tom Fishburne’s cartoons to put the crazy marketing world into perspective.
  • Apart from that, social media is so full of ideas and creative people, I take a lot of inspiration from that as well.

What do you do to take care of your creative soul? 

“That’s a tough one… I guess what keeps me sane is a mix of switching off and mingling with other creatives. I relax reading loads of books and watching movies as well as TV shows. Additionally, I try to surround myself with other freelancers, be that in real life or online. For example, I share an office with two other copywriters in a house full of creatives. I also follow a lot of blogs and connect with people on social media or at events like CreativeMornings.” 

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us, Denise. We really enjoyed meeting you and learning more!

If you’re interested in finding out more about Denise and her work, you can get in touch with her online here.


For those of you who would like an opportunity to take part in our #CMedi People blog series, come along to our next CreativeMornings Edinburgh event and find either of our team members Cilla Richards (Head of Social) or Ellie Morag (Photographer) and they’ll be able to hook you up.

We hope you enjoyed the first in many #CMedi People blog posts to come, and we look forward to seeing you at our next CreativeMornings Edinburgh event on Friday, 25 August 2017.

Photographer of the month: Chris Milne

Our SOUND talk will Nick Stewart will be documented by Chris Milne, a photographer and designer based in Edinburgh.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Chris Milne, 22, a recent graduate of Creative Computing at Edinburgh Napier. Since graduating I have been on a placement in Norway, travelled throughout a few of the Nordic countries and early next year I will move to Copenhagen, a city where I went on exchange, to complete another study and work on an exciting start up till the summer. I have been involved in the Edinburgh freelance and entrepreneurial scene for a few years now and it has been a catalyst towards my continual interest in pursuing creative projects.

What inspired you to first pick up a camera?

My Dad has been interested in photography for a long time and when I was 12 – I received one of his old cameras: an Olympus CZ730 bridge camera and just over a year later I bought my first SLR, a Nikon D50. I did a lot of photography as a hobby of many different subjects and it transitioned towards a freelance business in my last year of high school.

What subjects are you most drawn to?

I spend a lot of time in other countries whether for school, work or just my general interest in travelling. I love to photograph everywhere I go and I wouldn’t say I have any preferred subjects but I do a lot of candid, music and event photography.

What is your favourite gear you’re using at the moment? 

I inherited an old manual focus Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s and it is my favourite lens to shoot on just now. I enjoy using a prime because it encourages you to focus on internal creativity as opposed to zooming in and out. It also uses a manual aperture ring and it has an aesthetically pleasing look with the metal barrel. I like to shoot fully manually as I work a lot on my photographs in Lightroom, recently making a preset which I used on a lot of my photographs from Norway and Iceland that brought out the beauty of the scenes.

Can you list a few of your favourite creative resources?

Instagram is one of my favourites, mainly for travel purposes and also for the variety of techniques and visual styles people use to display their photography.

I’m a big fan of the creative networking bodies around Edinburgh – CreativeMornings, Creative Edinburgh, ESAF; me and my friend Katherine also started up Sandbox who are also on the scene.

Closer to home though, my personal network and the people I know are my favourite creative resource – we discuss ideas, share interesting links and take interest in each other’s skills and I think that is wholly important to a creative lifestyle.

Please tell us the story behind one of your favourite photographs.

I’m going to go for a recent one – I’ve wanted to visit Iceland for a long time and I had heard about the aircraft wreckage on the black sands. So on the Saturday morning with two awesome guys from Texas we drove in convoy before sunrise to go there. After an hours drive through the pitch black we arrived at the parking to begin the 4km walk in freezing temperatures with passing showers on a flat plain which offered little protection.  When were arriving there, it was just us and a Ukranian guy who caught up with us and we were the first five there so I decided to put on my ND filter and shoot some long exposures with the frequently changing sky. I hadn’t realised until I went to edit the photo later that the Ukranian traveller appeared as a ghostly figure in one of my shots which I thought was quite fitting since the crew members of the aircraft had walked away from it when it crashed over forty years ago.


Instagram: @chrismilnecreates