Photography challenge puts new Boroughmuir residents in the picture

Jackson Moyles

HOUSEBUILDER CALA Homes (East) has teamed up with the BBC’s Great British Photography Challenge joint winner Jackson Moyles to organise a photo competition at its Boroughmuir development.

Residents were tasked with submitting a photo each week to showcase their new homes and the wider development. An image by Anna Hadjitofi, capturing the internal walkway of the restored B-listed ex-school building at night, was chosen by Jackson as the winner.

Anna (25), an Edinburgh University researcher moved into her apartment last year after relocating from London. She said, “I’ve always been into photography and have a keen interest in interiors – but I have never combined the two. This competition was so unique and I loved taking part – it allowed me to get creative in inventive new ways while also celebrating my new home.

“The quirky design of Boroughmuir is what attracted me to the development in the first place – CALA has done a great job of retaining the old character of the building while also completely modernising it, and I wanted to capture that in my photos. My overall winning image of the inner walkways over the courtyard at night transpired because it’s one of my favourite parts of Boroughmuir. It’s something people can’t really see from the outside and I wanted to capture it at night as the colours and lighting are quite modern and dramatic.”

The winning image

Guest judge Moyles provided participants with tips on how best to capture the interior and exterior of the development. The Dunfermline-based photographer said, “Boroughmuir is such a unique development, with loads of really interesting features and as a result we received some excellent submissions. Anna’s entry invoked a really clever use of artificial light and framing. Capturing the internal hallway at night gave it a very futuristic feel compared to what it looks like during the day.

“Working alongside CALA, we pulled together some tutorial videos to help guide residents through each weekly challenge. Despite being an experienced photographer, making these tutorials and shooting my own images of Boroughmuir allowed me to get creative in brand new ways. I’m honoured to have judged such an inventive competition where people are able to celebrate their homes in a unique way.”

Located in Bruntsfield, Boroughmuir is comprises one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Most of the homes have elevated ceiling heights, mezzanine levels, and retained original features.

Constructed between 1911 and 1914, the building was one of the first in Edinburgh to utilise a steel frame for architecture.