REVIEW – Spirit of the Wild photos, St Andrew Square


Spirit of the Wild

Spirit of the Wild is a free outdoor exhibition which opened today in St Andrew Square and forms part of the International Science FestivalSteve Bloom‘s photos have appeared in many places throughout Europe, but this is the first time they’ve been seen in Scotland.

The photos represent 10 years’ work for Steve, who has travelled the word to capture some quite unique images. Each of the 60 pictures, arranged in two circles around the Square’s Melville Column, is displayed on a large board with an information panel beneath: useful for younger viewers who may have lots of questions about swimming elephants and flying sharks!

Absorbing the stunning images

Wild bears

Edinburgh Spotlight had the pleasure of meeting Steve Bloom this morning who was a very friendly and humble man.  I appreciate photography; also having been to many of the countries he has visited to capture his shots, I know that it must have taken many painstaking days and weeks to get the individual images he wanted – in some challenging conditions.

Steve Bloom

“Edinburgh has always been one of my favourite cities, and to see this exhibition here in St Andrew Square is an honour and a privilege,” Steve said. “I am very fortunate to have travelled the world photographing wildlife and it’s wonderful to bring them into the heart of the city”.

It was a pleasure to see so many people enjoying this exhibition on the opening day in the March sunshine.  I plan to take the mini-members of Edinburgh Spotlight here this afternoon, and having bumped into my 81 year old neighbour, can vouch for the fact it is suitable for all ages – and a great way to introduce people to the Edinburgh Science Festival.

There are so many fanastic pictures in this exhibition, I really urge you to visit the next time you are in this part of town.  We will be spending more time in St Andrew Square over the next couple of months, taking in the true beauty of this collection over and over again.


The exhibition runs from the 12th of March to the 16th of May 2010.  It is free of charge and open from 8am to 6pm daily.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from 3rd to 17th April and presents over 200 events in 35 venues around the city.  Full details of the programme of events, workshops, activities, films, performances and experiments can be found on

Suitable for disabled?   Yes, St Andrew Square is accessible by paths but to look at the inner circle photos, you would require to move onto grass.

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