Photo competition aims to capture scenes of Scotland through eyes of 17th century pioneer
Photographers of today are being asked to step into the shoes of a 17th-century pioneer who compiled the first ever pictorial survey of Scotland.
John Slezer was a military engineer who produced a series of detailed engravings showing what important Scottish towns and buildings looked like over 300 years ago.
The National Library of Scotland is marking the 300th anniversary of his death by organising a competition that asks photographers to show 21st-century Scotland from the same locations used by Slezer.
The challenge for photographers is to show as similar view as possible to the one that Slezer recorded in his 'Theatrum Scotiae' which was published in 1693. More than 70 of his engravings, covering places from Inverness to Ayr, are featured on the Library's 'Slezer's Scotland' website, and provide a starting point for interested photographers.
Chris Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library, said: 'We are well aware that the exact viewpoints used by Slezer may have been built on and no longer accessible and that the perspectives in his engravings were not always entirely accurate. All that we ask is that the scene is recognisable to some extent when compared with Slezer's view.'
Some of the more popular options may be famous buildings captured by Slezer, including Linlithgow Palace, Dunblane Cathedral and Stirling and Edinburgh castles.
Details of the competition and how to enter can be found on the Library's main website.
Entries are open from 13 July until 13 October. A maximum of six images per person can be entered, which may be all of the same place or a mixture of different places.
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13 July 2017