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Andy Farrington

Taking pictures of Tammie Norrries from the cliffs at Castle O'Burrian on Westray

After many years of dabbling in photography, early retirement afforded me the opportunity to get more involved in taking pictures, especially following a move to Scotland in 2009. The first project I started in early 2010 was to travel around Dumfries and Galloway, especially The Machars (the Plains of Galloway) and take at least one picture of every grid square for the online archive at Geograph.

I started the
Machars Project (190 square miles, 556 grid squares and 40 miles of coastline) on the 5th May 2010 and it was completed on the 15th August 2012, by car, bike and walk, in all seasons and in all weathers. Hill walking, bog trotting and beach bumming, I've been there!  I'm still very fond of taking landscapes and shots of old buildings on my Galloway Travels, but following an upgrade of my cameras to Nikon in January 2013, as a reward for my endeavours, I also like to cover event photography, photo journalism, gigs and shows, portraits and wildlife.

Following a diagnosis of Lung Cancer and treatment starting on the 18th November 2013 I decided to take on another challenge. Project 365, which is slightly different from a normal photography project in that I upload a picture every day from my photo archive with a bit of a back story about the picture, and then talk about my illness, in a fairly light hearted and matter of fact way, and how I am managing it in a Ramblings and Reflections Section (R&R). All in all, this photo diary makes up a daily blog that I post to Facebook (links on the home page)
. As of the 5th June 2014, I have uploaded 200 pictures daily to Facebook and have another 165 pictures ready to complete 365/Year1. I also have 280 pictures ready for 365/Year2 and a photo archive of 25K/150GB images that I still add to each week as a resource for the future. Enjoy, and send me a message to let me know what you think.