Cruising the Bridges
There are three bridges that cross the Forth estuary at Queensferry. They were built in the 19th, 20th and 21st century. The latest is known as The Queensferry Crossing and was opened by Queen Elisabeth II in 2017. When I first saw it I thought it looked like three pyramids and the feeling stayed with me.
Painting the bridge as a subject required context and scale. The community of South Queensferry is a vibrant place with many activities throughout the year. One such event is the annual ‘Loony Dook’ which takes place every New Year’s Day, and involves leaping into the freezing waters of the Forth, usually in costume. In warmer months ‘The Burry Man’ makes his rounds, and we must remember the annual ‘Ferry Fair’. All this and more besides are represented in the painting.
I am fond of the medieval compositional device of depicting a sequence of events frozen in the same time frame. At least The Loony Dookers are pretty frozen already!