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Thursday, January 12, 2012

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If you want Fringe information, step this way. Pic: Lotte Fisher
INSTEAD of writing the feature I've been attempting to write for most of the week, I headed out with my daughter to get some high-res photos taken. It's early days, but already I've had a couple of requests for pictures, so I thought it would be better getting images taken that vaguely related to The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide than just some snap of me on holiday.

We chose Calton Hill because it has commanding views of the city, taking in iconic sights such as Edinburgh Castle and the acropolis. It's hardly original thinking, but if the pictures suggest the city, it's a good visual clue about the book. It was a really clear day with some sharp low winter sun, which was great for lighting. 

Then we headed down to the Fringe Office for some more pictures. In terms of visual clues, that's the really obvious one - though not quite as easy to get a shot that draws everything together. Remembering my photo shoot the other day with the Scotland on Sunday photographer, we made use of the "Fringe Information" sign - a gift for a man with a book providing Fringe information.

I've put downloadable versions of five of the pictures on a new press area on my website.

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Follow me on Twitter @MarkFFisher, @WriteAboutTheat and @LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.