The fourth city in this series is St. Andrews. I was keen to choose a Scottish city as one of the twelve, but also wanted it to be a city that I hadn’t already photographed a lot. So that ruled out Edinburgh and even Glasgow. What swung it in favour of St Andrews was that I also decided it would be perfectly legitimate to include a few images from the East Neuk fishing villages.
I hadn’t bargained on few factors. December was very cold, dark and rainy. Polaroid film does not perform very well on dark days. The “new” old Polaroid film performs even worse. However, I battled on through wind and rain and should still manage to keep to my target output.
St Andrews is a bit of an out of the way place to get to, for a city. There is no direct train – the nearest stop is a few miles away and you have to get a connecting bus. But once you’re there it is well worth the journey. For golfers the city needs no introduction as it is regarded as the “birth place” of golf . It is also a university town, with the oldest university in Scotland and it really has a studenty feel. But at the same time there is the brisk sea air and a fabulous long beach – perfect for kites and long walks. ( The beach scene from Chariot’s of Fire was filmed there ).