Over the winter, Young Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, Andrew Bulloch and his father Grant have been working with us to capture the spirit and essential essence of some of our treasured parks and greenspaces.

Reflecting on the commission, Andrew and Grant said:

We are so used to going to the local park, either to keep active, walk the dog or get young children out of the house. But going to the urban parks with a camera in hand, solely to record what you see, is a totally different experience. It forces you to look around you more creatively and it opens up a whole new insight into how others use our parks.

So, while this project to photograph the urban parks has resulted in typical images of nature and wildlife, the narrative associated with the images shows how different our parks are, and how people interact with them in so many different ways.

The images could be categorised into location, date or subject matter, but we’ve chosen to try and think about them differently.

Part 2: Looking outwards

Some parks are more suited to look outwards. With no obvious focus and sparse planting they were the sole realm of the dog walkers. However they are ideal for looking out over the city, in this case from Little France Park. This view of Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth compresses perspective – the island is almost 8 miles away.

The Law in Dundee is a very prominent landmark, high up above the city. The vast majority of people go up there not to look at the park itself, but instead to use it as a viewpoint, observing the landscape over the River Tay and the sprawling city below.

Want to read and see more? Check out Part 1: Looking Inwards