The bustling everyday life of Fountainbridge residents has been depicted on hoardings surrounding a new £200 million development.
Photography students from Edinburgh Napier University were asked to capture the essence of present-day Fountainbridge as part of a competition being run by the Evening News and developer Grosvenor to highlight the past, present and future of the area.
And now the winning snaps have been added to boards outside Grosvenor’s Springside development, which will see an office and retail complex, four-star hotel and homes built beside the student accommodation, apartment block and public square that have already been constructed.
The new photo gallery stands alongside a hoarding on Melvin Walk, just off Dundee Street, celebrating the rich history of Fountainbridge, which was once renowned as the city’s industrial heartland.
The images highlight the broad array of life and activity in the area, from builders taking a quick break to the changing face of the Union Canal.
Student Christina Webber chose to photograph a resident from the Grove Community Garden – situated close to the Fountain Park complex – posing outside her shed.
She said: “The shed itself is made from pieces of donated and reclaimed scrap wood and glass.
“Not only does the Grove Community Garden bring colour and life to a space in transition, but it creates a social hub for anyone and everyone to take some time out and focus on something tangible and relaxing.”
And classmate Anete Tisanova captured a snap of builders enjoying their break, seeking to illustrate the pride they take in their work.
She said: “They look happy about what they are doing, proud to be the builder of new things where there will be a new history and new memories.”
Fellow student Katie Matthews, who pictured the graffiti wall opposite Fountainbridge Library – also wanted to include a picture of the canal, which was a focal point for industry through the previous two centuries.
“I think people forget how spectacular it is that we have houseboats right in the centre of Edinburgh,” she said.
“Alastair [the subject of the photo] lives on his houseboat at weekends, which shows how Fountainbridge has become a popular area for leisure.”
All three of the winning students scooped a £75 gift voucher for a shop of their choice.
Robin Blacklock, project director for Grosvenor, said: “I was really impressed with the range of images taken by the students, it made it really difficult to select the final few for the hoarding.
“Despite all the developments going on in the area, it is the people that really make Fountainbridge and I think the students have brilliantly captured this lively community.”
Euan McGrory, deputy editor of the Evening News and fellow judge, said he was fascinated by the different aspects of daily life that came through in the photographs.
He said: “The photographers really got under the skin of local life in some very imaginative ways. They found beauty in places you wouldn’t necessary expect to find it, such as the community garden in the middle of the city.”