FEATURE – ‘Leith Walkers’ & 2014 Edinburgh exhibition

A new photo website ‘Leith Walkers’ captures the characters that stroll up and down Leith Walk, Edinburgh

We first became aware of Leith Walkers when they started to follow us on twitter. A quick click to their website and we were hooked. What a great idea to capture all the interesting characters that stroll up and down Leith Walk.

Behind the lens is John Harfield, a former Leith Walk resident who explained to us that although he no longer lives there, he still works there. John said: “I just love the area, the shops, the people, the pubs, the culture(s), the stories, the drama, the laughter, the hardship, the community, the friendships…everything.”

“I decided to take strolls up and down The Walk, get chatting to people and see if they would be interested in being involved in the project. The vast majority said yes.”

John added: “One day a man saw me with my camera and said ‘do ya wanna see ma tattoos?’ and threw his old leather jacket on the floor. Due to the sheer volume of incredible personalities, I’m happy to say this is a never ending project.”

We think it’s a fabulous concept and the beautiful black and white images on John’s website leave you thinking about the stories behind the character’s faces.

Exhibition in Edinburgh from 13th March 2014

Leith Walkers are pleased to announce that Thursday 13th March 2014  will be the launch night of the first Leith Walkers exhibition at Woodland Creatures at 260 Leith Walk.

All frames will be bought from Leith Walk charity shops, the photos will be printed at Leith Walk printers, and any money made from sales will go to Edinburgh Cyrenians and their Good Food in Tackling Homelessness Project who are based on Jane Street, Leith.

The exhibition starts at 7.30pm and will run for approximately a month.

A few examples of ‘Leith Walkers’ are below.

A Leith Walker

A Leith Walker

So many characters to photograph

A never ending project

So many great characters in Leith


You can look at the Leith Walkers website, follow them on twitter @LeithWalkers and like their Facebook page.

Images courtesy of John Harfield / Leith Walkers.

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