Kiteflyer’s Hill
Kiteflyer’s Hill
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With last year’s closing of the much-loved Gas Works Park Kite Shop there are no dedicated kite shops left in the Seattle area. Which is a pity, as the artificial “Kite Hill” at the top of Gas Works Park is one of the best places to catch some wind in the city to go fly a kite – hours of entertainment for all,  as the young boy I watched and photographed there recently with his family showed.


But the mere sight of seeing kites flying on a hill always reminds me of a street busker who ‘left’ me and went on to become a big star: none other than the Glaswegian chanteuse Eddi Reader. In the late 1970s, one of Eddi’s favourite pitches to play was Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow. And each time I passed her on the way to college, I would always put some money in her guitar case and she would give me a sweet smile.


She disappeared into thin air, with none of her regulars knowing what had happened to her. But a couple of years later, when I was listening to the radio, I suddenly heard a distinctive voice – it was Steady Eddi, and she was now the lead singer for Fairground Attraction, singing their debut song, Perfect, that went on to become a big No.1 smash hit.  And when Eddi went solo, her fourth album was the incredible Angels & Electricity, with the first track being the simply haunting Kiteflyer’s Hill, all about a tender look back at a lost love.


If you ever get the chance to see Eddi live, do so, as you’ll never forget the experience – not only an unbelievable voice, but she ‘sings’ with the whole of her body. She lives each song. I still remember vividly an unbelievable performance she gave unplugged, on a bitterly cold late December evening in 1998 at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.  Her performance that night, coupled with the weather, the time of the year and the surroundings, sent more than a shiver up my spine. 


Leica M6 Classic & 35mm Summicron
B+W Orange Filter
Ilford FP4+ (@50)
Perceptol (Stock – 9min)
Plustek 7600i, & Vuescan