100 Weeks of Scotland: Leith|Meadowbank|Callander

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This week I have gone for a selection of images rather than images linked to a theme, as in the last two weeks. The first image is a portrait I like very much, of Archimandrite Raphael Pavouris of the Greek Orthodox Church of St Andrews, based in Edinburgh.

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Picture: Alan McCready

Picture: Alan McCready

The actual photograph was taken in the Pittencrieff Park Pavilion in Dunfermline at an event I was covering for the Scottish Churches Trust, and as soon as I saw him I knew I had to take his photo.

Image two is taken in a café in Callander and again it is an image I am very fond of. I like the way the man is posed and the bright red frame in the image really makes the photo stand out.

The third image makes me laugh. This was the last day of school for Sixth Year pupils before exam leave begins and consequently the last day when a lot of the kids would be together as a group. Such a special time as they stand on the edge of future and the possibilities for them are unlimited. And a blow-up doll thrown in for good measure.

Finally an image I had wanted to include for a while but never managed to get the proper weather or time to take a decent shot. This is the velodrome at Meadowbank in Edinburgh and one of its claims to fame is that it is where Sir Chris Hoy really began his cycling career before going on to dominate the sport. With the new indoor state-of-the-art velodrome recently opened in Glasgow in time for next year’s Commonwealth Games, the future for this old track is unsure, although the racing surface has been newly coated in the last few days so it looks like there is plenty of life in it yet. As with old football grounds, I love the ramshackle nature of the track which although looking a bit past its sell by date, it is full of character and hopefully keeps going for years to come.

Alan McCredie began the ‘one hundred weeks of scotland’ website in October last year, and it will conclude in Autumn 2014. McCredie’s goal is to chronicle two years of Scottish life in the run-up to the independence referendum.

McCredie says ‘one hundred weeks...’ is intended to show all sides of the country over the next two years. On the site, he says: “Whatever the result of the vote Scotland will be a different country afterward. These images will show a snapshot of the country in the run up to the referendum.

“The photos will be of all aspects of Scottish culture - politics, art, social issues, sport and anything else that catches the eye.”

You can follow the project at www.100weeksofscotland.com. You can also follow Alan on Twitter.

• All pictures (c) Alan McCredie/ 100 weeks of Scotland