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The Hold Me Dear project is a collection of personal, unique and powerful stories and photographs submitted by individuals around the world. Submit your photo to be featured in the gallery or share the project with your friends.

Stephanie Wilson_3

Stephanie Wilson_3

This is Keswick, in Cumbria, the Lake District, England. We used to come here all the time. It wasn’t until I lost him that I realised people made places. Since then I’ve found no space I can feel the same in. I cling to fragmented memories, like peering through cracks; spilling light into rooms i cant enter.

Luna in bed

Luna in bed

This is a picture of two of the great loves in my life: my dog, Luna, and my bed. Luna is joyful, insatiably ball-obsessed and a frequent occupier of my bed, a place in which I feel comforted and safe in times of stress, curled up with her against me. _ _ _ Kate Gould, Edinburgh, Scotland

Shakir Mughal_Fall of Falloch

Shakir Mughal_Fall of Falloch

One of the privilege living in central Scotland is living close to the highlands. The beautiful Fall of Falloch is en route to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. I hold this place dear because I went there many times alone and with family and spend time talking with nature and with own self. _ _ _ Shakir Mughal, Stirling, Scotland

connected to something larger

connected to something larger

Moldova - where I was born and raised. Moldova is a place where paradoxes co-exist. It's fitting then, that I both love and hate it at the same time. What I love about it is that I always get the feeling that I'm connected to something larger than me, something utterly basic and elemental. Earth and water, wind and fire are relevant here. _ _ _ Ruxy Cantir, Moldova

where paradoxes co-exist

where paradoxes co-exist

Moldova - where I was born and raised. Moldova is a place where paradoxes co-exist. It's fitting then, that I both love and hate it at the same time. What I love about it is that I always get the feeling that I'm connected to something larger than me, something utterly basic and elemental. Earth and water, wind and fire are relevant here. _ _ _ Ruxy Cantir, Moldova

horizon landscape of windmills, sky

horizon landscape of windmills, sky

This is the Norfolk broads where I grew up a horizon landscape of windmills and sky. I returned last summer and spent days watching barn owls sweeping across the marsh in search of food. This is home a place for my soul to find peace. _ _ _ Hazel Terry, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Cappadocia balloons

Cappadocia balloons

This photo was taken in Cappadocia / Turkey. I woke early in the morning and walked to the top to take this photo . When I got to the top, the balloons started to rise slowly. I hope the balloons are always happily rising to the sky. _ _ _ Burak Ozuer, Istanbul, Turkey

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

I walk through Kelvingrove Park more or less daily and without fail, it sets the tone of my day and helps clear my head. Whether the park is filled with spotty dogs chasing gallus squirrels up trees, tiny children with big rucksacks making their way to school or lycra-clad runners with headphones, the green canopy of leaves still make me feel at peace. This was shot on a quiet, dry October morning. The park was silent and the light was crisp, clear and perfect. _ _ Anna Miles, Glasgow, Scotland

Glaschu

Glaschu

Inspired by living in the most ancient part of Glasgow. This piece is named after its Gaelic name “Glaschu” meaning land of the grey rock. This refers to the volcanic plug now known today as Glasgow Necropolis. This rock face in the mage is at the very core of what Glasgow is today, although many people who live here and visit the city may not know. It is on my doorstep and I appreciate its history very much. _ _ _ Claire Farrell, Glasgow, Scotland

Unintentional location

Unintentional location

The first time I fell in love with a photo was when I was 14 and I stumbled upon an image called Il Bacio (The Kiss of Death). In my adulthood I unintentionally stumbled across the exact location and had a realisation of becoming that I have never experienced before. Like coming home. _ _ _Caitlin Page, Glasgow, Scotland

St Andrews

St Andrews

St Andrews, I was not born here, yet it feels 'home'. Early morning walks along the West Sands, good for the body and mind, good for the soul. Waves crashing or gentle lapping, gulls crying or silence that fills you from within. Miles and miles of golden sand, great to walk and contemplate- life. _ _ _ Tracy Buchan, St. Andrews, Scotland

An escape

An escape

An escape from the madness of the world- to my favorite place, with the love of my life by my side. _ _ _ Ata Adnan, Leicester, UK

Rough Castle Fort

Rough Castle Fort

Land art project showcasing treasure-like objects beneath a world heritage site in Falkirk, Rough Castle Fort. It's a place I care a lot about, a place in Scottish history set within the local area I live close to. This is somewhere I cherish and love to visit on regular occasions. I care deeply about the area and so the land art project highlighted the harmful impact of illegal activities such as Night Hawking. _ _ _ Daniel White, Falkirk, Scotland

The Flat

The Flat

This photo was taken by mistake the day I was moving to France. I remember a collision of feelings going on; excited to go but sad to leave. I had only been living in that room for a month and yet it felt like home. I like to think that the door is open for a reason and that everything that's left there is waiting for me to come back. _ _ _ Francesca Masciullo, Glasgow, Scotland

Haukijärvi, Finland

Haukijärvi, Finland

I've grown up in a city in Scotland, but recently spent a month in rural Finland. I've never had so much time to myself. Time to explore, work on my practice, connect with the enchanting landscape and meet the abundant wildlife. _ _ _ Claire Burnett

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

Above the clouds I am close to the edge of the universe. Below lies an ever-shifting landscape. I am beyond my responsibilities, in neither one place nor another. This is where I can truly think. _ _ _ Sarah Dyer, Edinburgh, UK

Glenuig

Glenuig

Some of my earliest memories are of Glenuig, near Loch Ailort in the north west of Scotland. I have been going there since I was a small boy and recently got married there too. _ _ _ Robin Johnston, Glasgow

Kelly Muir_Haukadalur

Kelly Muir_Haukadalur

Haukadalur, Iceland. I had wanted to visit Iceland since I was a child, back when it was not a popular holiday destination. This year my dream came true, I ended up visiting twice! Once in March and then June. It was everything I had hoped for and more. Iceland was made even more special after my partner proposed to me on the second trip. We will be back! _ _ _ Kelly Muir, Fife, Scotland

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle

The sea is calling me... There's nothing more soothing than the sounds of waves crashing along the shore line... The sea always fills me with happiness and sense of serenity. Tantallon Castle East Lothian. _ _ _ Paulina Kollar, Edinburgh, Scotland

New Zealand

New Zealand

The journey around New Zealand in 2012 was the best experience in my life. There are places which seem to come out of a dream. This was the most amazing one, it was like being on another planet. I could spend all my life just sitting and meditating. _ _ _ Elettra Arnell, Glasgow, Scotland

Little Sparta

Little Sparta

Little Sparta. The only place where I think I've felt truly serene. Carved into the stone slabs next to the lake: "The present order is the disorder of the future". These gardens are full of enigmas, secrets, and wonder which I've not encountered anywhere else in my home country, yet. _ _ _ Holly Tarbet, Glasgow, Scotland

Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis

"This photo was taken in the Isle of Lewis, a wonderfully desolate island exuding wild life and wild people. Every time I look at this image I feel the same solitude I felt that day. It is a rare thing; splendid isolation. I wish I could climb into this photo and feel the cold, salty Hebridean wind." _ _ _ Katie Harris-MacLeod, Dundee, Scotland

Home

Home

"'Hireath'. A homesickness for a home to which I can never return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for this lost place of my past." _ _ _ Katie Harris-MacLeod, Dundee, Scotland

Lost in new places

Lost in new places

"This photo is an eulogy of being lost in new places, new people, newness… It was taken from the window of the house which I stayed in Budapest, using an analog camera. During discovery of this new city, everything seemed familiar to me, which is a very confusing issue. So, the photo reminds me being lost or missing." _ _ _ Burak Özüer, Istanbul, Turkey

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley

"Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. Rain starved and arid, Spiti Valley might sound like a place one might not find too much to experience. And that's why I went there, a high-altitude destination with a fraction of the tourists, in the Himalayas...Perfect! The landscape is mainly rock and dust. The sky is blue, a blue like I've never seen anywhere else. It is the sky that keeps taking me back there." _ _ _ Gautam Ruparel, Bombay, India

Edinburgh city centre

Edinburgh city centre

This photo was taken one rainy (how typical) night in Edinburgh city centre. There is something really haunting when you combine nighttime, rain, and silhouettes. I was waiting for a pedestrian to cross the street while the cars were waiting at the red light. I wanted to capture the moment of a person walking by while the rain was pouring down. The beams are like eyes, watching like big brother. _ _ _ Ioannis Lachanis, Edinburgh, Scotland

Birmingham

Birmingham

It's funny how you suddenly romanticise home so much when you have to leave. I've got a strange love/hate relationship with Birmingham. _ _ _ Niamh Cullen-Dunphy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Loch Doon near Cumnock Scotlan

Loch Doon near Cumnock Scotlan

Loch Doon is a special place to me. I've spent time spent with generations of my family there. Only a 30 minute drive from my house, when I was younger I used to go camping with my great Aunt and Uncle. I'd also go on day visits with my parents and grandparents. It's a calm beautiful place where I feel in touch with nature. It also brings me comfort as it reminds me of times spent with my grandmother who is no longer with us. Amber, Loch Doon, near Cumnock, Scotland

Mirren, Inchcailloch

Mirren, Inchcailloch

Inchcailloch, an uninhabited island in Loch Lomond; you pay a fisherman a fiver to take you over. Then you're alone on the island, covered in bluebells, the scent makes you dizzy, the sun shines, the clouds race, trees meeting overhead, light filtering greenly. You remember being wee, what it's like, again. _ _ _ Maria Di Mario, Glasgow, Scotland

The Sky, Imlil, Morocco

The Sky, Imlil, Morocco

I took this photo in Imlil village, during a trip in Morocco. It reminds me that I fulfilled one of my travelling dreams back then and this was even more special to me, because my boyfriend was keeping me company. I felt really peaceful, sky was ecstatic. Impression worth remembering. _ _ _ Agnieszka Skulicz, Wrocław, Poland

Hostel

Hostel

Hostels are a home from home. When you are out of your comfort zone, travelling Europe there's nothing better than a hostel. The muddle of people, backgrounds, stories and experiences brings you together. This photograph is of a friend outside our hostel in Berlin. We only stayed for two nights but it was our refuge. _ _ _ Jacquetta Clark, Glasgow, Scotland

YesCar

YesCar

This photograph makes me feel nostalgic for time that almost, but never was. A message of hope surrounded by the scenery of my beautiful home. _ _ _ Lotte Fisher, Glasgow, Scotland

Long trip.

Long trip.

After long long trip during two years with D. Now there is no D. Now there is nothin'. _ _ _ Jaroslaw Mikos, Edinburgh, Scotland

Erin Colquhoun

Erin Colquhoun

This is the place that I can escape from everything. I can hear the rain drops drip from the trees, the ducks squawk as they float on by and the air fills with delightful mixtures of smells from each unique cafe and restaurant. Here, I can imagine I am on an adventure in another place where my footsteps don't have to think about which place to go to next as I watch the rainbow of colours reflect onto the water and the clouds above. Here, I can breathe. _ _ _ Erin Colquhoun, Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Streets full of secrets, around every corner. Dark corners of the city. Most of the time hidden in the darkness, sometimes a little sunshine. Walking through the beautiful but mysterious Edinburgh, we can feel the atmosphere of the city - uncertainty and nostalgia. The place where you want to go, but you don't know why. _ _ _ Magda Brańka, Poland

Killbear Provincial Park

Killbear Provincial Park

Killbear Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. While I was taking this photograph my partner proposed to me. _ _ _ Kate Bauen, Basel, Switzerland

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona.What an amazing place.Every morning we’d wake up, sit by the window and pick the direction we’d like to go that day and every night we’d sit there and watch colossal cruise ships go in and out of the harbour.I love to look at this photo especially on a day like today, when you just don't want to leave your bed. I can almost feel the sun on my skin. _ _ _ Paulina Kollar, Edinburgh, Scotland

Iceland

Iceland

This year my dream of Iceland has came true and I had a chance to visit this stunning land. Day before I left I had been on the black beach you can see on picture. The peace I found there will stay with me forever. Some people call it magic... _ _ _ Magdalena Slowik

Meal Beach

Meal Beach

Ten minutes from where I live and crossing two small bridges is one of my favourite places, the beautiful Meal Beach in Burra, Shetland. Whether the wind lashes the sea or the waves roll slowly up the beach, this is the place for soothing anxieties and clearing the mind. _ _ _ Anne MacDonald, Shetland, UK

Chumbe

Chumbe

Chumbe, my favourite island in the world so far. It's a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. My husband and I had our honeymoon here in Aug 2015. The island gave us super fond memories we will keep for the rest of our lives. _ _ _Chiho Suzuki, London, UK

Bridge

Bridge

Out on a walk with my boyfriend and captured this moment of beauty in a rough part of town. _ _ _ Erin Cole, Glasgow

Begum Sardan_ sirkeci

Begum Sardan_ sirkeci

Me and my sister were walking around the Grand Bazaar and suddenly we noticed this old building. I don't know when it was built but I'm sure that it's too old. My sister and I took it together with a GoPro, it could be seen like a little fighting, because it was a little hard to set the right angle to see how the building made an axis on the street. The photo shows the sprit of historical peninsula. _ _ _ Begum Sardan, Istanbul, Turkey

The West

The West

A year ago I moved from the South to the West of Glasgow. This was a massive change for me and I took a long time to like the West. After struggling for a while I stopped in Knightswood while walking my dog to take this photo. It makes me like the West just that little bit more... _ _ _ Barry Henderson, Glasgow, Scotland

Lac Léman

Lac Léman

This is a hidden swimming spot at Lac Léman, at which I spent long hours last summer. This place reminds me of a feeling of love and freedom. _ _ _ Jagoda Wisniewska, Lausanne, Switzerland

Summer Mother

Summer Mother

This is a film photograph that was accidentally developed with double exposure. It shows an incident of unexpected rain on a summer day that found me and my mother while we were sunbathing on the rocks at my hometown's beach in Greece. Having been living abroad for the last five years, this photograph empowers me with nostalgic memories while spending time abroad. _ _ _ Alexandra Voutsina, Vouliagmeni, Greece

Back Homes

Back Homes

This is a fragment of my Odyssey. Reflection of a battle to have a home. I lost it. Old bricks carry new chimney which can’t warm up anybody. At least I can collect memories and sentimentalise this part of Warsaw full of contrasts and absurd. Remember joyful moments. Simply. _ _ _ Kate Soltan, Edinburgh, Scotland

A sad day

A sad day

Walking down the street I came across a dead baby seagull which had flew into the railings. Every time I walk towards Weir Street and pass the house I remember that sad moment. _ _ _ Ayshia Taskin, Falkirk, Scotland

No longer

No longer

This photo was taken for University, the location means so much because it no longer exists. The building belonged to a family member. I wanted to create this photograph to explore the subject of drama and suspense. _ _ _ Lee Connor, Glasgow, Scotland

Home.

Home.

Home. I think it's self explanatory that home is important no matter who's there. Flying home is a great feeling for me because I know in short hours I'll be back in my own bed and surrounded with people I know. Of course travelling is great and it's one of the best things anybody could do but knowing that there's always a place there for you,it's a safe feeling. _ _ _ Cayley Thomasl

Joanne Coates

Joanne Coates

The issue of place within this image is complex for me. I am from a small village and dreamt of moving somewhere larger, as soon as I could I left for bigger cities, Leeds, Manchester, London, but always with a sense of longing for home. On return to the place something would be missing, it’s a feeling of going back but not belonging in the same way. _ _ _ Joanne Coates

United Servicemen's Club

United Servicemen's Club

The United Service's Club, Motherwell, Scotland. I have gathered here with my family for Sunday dinner many times over the years. _ _ _ Alishia Farnan, Glasgow

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a place that is full of only good memories and two of the loveliest friends you could ask for. It's one of those city's that feels like home, full of joy and warmness. In Copenhagen, it seems like all the ladies have blonde hair. I thought it was fun when this cutout wig was left discarded, naturally in a glorious Danish ashen tone. _ _ _ Nadia Gabriel, Edinburgh, Scotland

Common area

Common area

The image here is the lobby area of my home. Being the common area, this is where most of our family discussions take place. Its always been a comfort zone for me and even now so, I submit my entry for this project from the table seen in this photograph. _ _ _ Priyanka Mehra, New Delhi, India

Castle Terrace

Castle Terrace

Sitting on the roof of the flats at Castle Terrace. The view of the castle all year around is always inspiring. _ _ _ Johnathan Cruickshank

Coulport, Argyll, Scotland

Coulport, Argyll, Scotland

For a decade it, this place represented change, stability and refuge. It was then the only place I could escape my demons and sleep, the only thing I felt that was solid ground under my feet. It was the place I learned what I needed to bear living amongst people. Tipi at Coulport, Argyll, Scotland _ _ _ Richard Montag, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow

Glasgow

Glasgow. It important to me because there is no any other similar place. _ _ _ Beder Mohamed

Humbie

Humbie

Hello there I a was in Humbie outside Edinburgh on a winter break with my late husband and we were walking near this place and it was lovely and a fresh day for walking. _ _ _ Geraldine Jolliffe

Noorderleegh/North of Friesland/The

Noorderleegh/North of Friesland/The

My place of birth was at the end of the world. Strong winds and horizons everywhere. Behind the dikes the sea, the silence, the empty north. My heart is still there. _ _ _ Baukje Venema

Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy

This says "Washday Leith "...... clean bloomers...windy day. Reminds me of the legions of women striving to keep their families decent. - - clean and presentable. Everyone's granny, mother, sister scrubbing, pegging out, ironing. _ _ _ Eileen Wallace, Kirkcaldy

Road Trips. The adventures and possibilities are endless. _ _ _ Tracy Anderson, Glasgow

Montparnasse

Montparnasse

I took this one in Montparnasse nearly eight years ago. It was the day I visited Cortazar and Beckett. At peace. And this old lady in red was just passing through. _ _ _ Serap Gecu

Longniddry

Longniddry

Longniddry. Stunning. My default location to think. _ _ _ Brian Combe

Hotel Saratz

Hotel Saratz

Rest and relax Hotel Saratz, Pontresina, Switzerland, after a day in the Alps returning to the pool makes life quite tolerable! _ _ _ Shelagh Atkinson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Mount Santubong

Mount Santubong

What a cool and pure peacefulness in a sticky-hot tropical rainforest in Borneo. When first diving into this liquid oasis, I believed to be in another world. _ _ _ Ralph Klewitz, Kuching, Malaysia

Romania

Romania

A Moment of happyness. Fading traces of a childhood in Romania. _ _ _ Eri Kassnel, Diedorf, Germany

Meze, South of France

Meze, South of France

These photographs were taken in Meze, South of France. I have gone here ever since I was a little girl and my parents bought a caravan and drove us there in the summer. I have grown up with this little town and it has a special place in my heart. _ _ _ Emma McDowall, Scotland.

Switzerland

Switzerland

Hotel Saratz pontresina Switzerland, journeying to the high alpine village arriving at last and then swim in the outdoor pool. Blissful. _ _ _ Shelagh Atkinson, Edinburgh, UK

The only place that is ours

The only place that is ours

Home. Nestling. The only place that is ours. Your body undulates to mine, form. Senses heightened by echos, ghosts trail through fingers. Our only juncture. All else nugatory. My self lays there still, formed. Home. _ _ _ Emma Hislop, Glasgow, Scotland

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

This is the field I pass daily on my way to work. The renegade wild flowers create a splash of colour punctuating the arable crop visually bringing it to life. _ _ _ Andy D'Agorne, York, UK

Heather Marshall_Kulturhuset, Stockholm.jpg

Heather Marshall_Kulturhuset, Stockholm.jpg

Stockholm is the city where I learnt the importance of taking risks as an artist, of not being afraid to fail because each supposed failure leads on to something potentially great.In this image I'm standing on the 5th floor of the Kulturhuset, looking over the city, reflected in the windows, feeling inspired and happy. I'd just finished a performance art project and I remember thinking that this is what I want to do and how I want to feel for the rest of my life. _ Heather Marshall, UK

Maker Heights

Maker Heights

Maker Heights, Rame Peninsula, North East Cornwall. This 360 degree coastal viewpoint has vistas across Dartmoor, the Plymouth estuary and across to sea. It is very dear to me because as an emerging artist, I discovered it during my first residential artists placement at Maker Heights studios this spring and it taught me the value of powerful natural light and seasonal weather in painting. [More info: www.anwenarts.co.uk] _ _ _ Faith Pallett, Totnes, UK

Southbank

Southbank

This photograph was taken on the day of my brothers graduation. Southbank is a place of nostalgia for me, having grown up and spent a lot of time there as a child. _ _ _ Fiona McKinnon, Elie, Scotland

Hidden Door Festival

Hidden Door Festival

Shot whilst helping out at last year's Hidden Door Festival on Market St, Edinburgh, there is a energetic vibe waiting to break free of the scene portrayed. _ _ _ Colin Sutherland, Edinburgh, Scotland

North Sea Headquarters

North Sea Headquarters

The photograph is taken in my bedroom in Glasgow. We are both from Dundee and had moved to the 'big city' to study. We call it the 'North Sea Headquarters'. My Best friend, Joseph McEachen in our 'North Sea Headquarters' on the west coast of Scotland. Home is where your heart is. _ _ _ Amandla Taylor, Dundee, Scotland

Portsoy

Portsoy

Portsoy is a sunny place. It takes only and hour to get there from Aviemore but it always seems like it is a different country. That day we were celebrating a wedding of our beautiful friends and a picture in the fields of wheat seemed like a very romantic idea. _ _ _ Aviemore, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

I have lived about 9 months in Edinburgh only. Always walk the same way from work and take a pictures to get know better every corner of it. I must say that colour of the sky in Edinburgh is always amazing and night-time vibe is the best. _ Magdalena Pelka, Edinburgh, Scotland

La Vie Bohème

La Vie Bohème

My kind friend Liam Hess enjoying a cigarette on our favorite jetty in Venice. This unofficial smoking area of a bar set on the timelessly elegant Grand Canal is often the site of tom-foolery and youthful shenanigans. Memories of carelessness and uninhibited freedom will pervade my memories of this enigmatic city. La Vie Bohème is alive and well. _ _ _ Joseph McEachen, Venice, Italy

Jubilee Water Meadows

Jubilee Water Meadows

This is an image of the Jubilee Water Meadows in my Mum’s village in Oxfordshire. During a late afternoon walk in May she expressed her wish to have her ashes scattered here one day. This is the place I will always be able to find her. _ _ _ Melanie Sangwine, Edinburgh, Scotland

Staircase Myster

Staircase Myster

No two explores are alike. There is always something new, something to create a memory and become part of your story. This place had more than one new thing to give me. Sometimes you are just blessed and an explore, a new location, is like Willy Wonka's factory, whereas instead of chocolate and candy, you find yourself surrounded by exquisite decay. _ _ _ Ioannis Lachanis, Edinburgh, Scotland

Portobello Park

Portobello Park

Portobello Park was founded in 1898. It is a long, narrow grassy space with tall trees, woodland paths, and beautiful views. I ran and walked there over 35 years. Edinburgh Council decided to build on the park, so I spent 1.5 years photographing it, trying to preserve the experience of visiting after it was gone. _ Sigrid Nielsen, Edinburgh, UK

Leith

Leith

I grew fond of this particular place in Leith while participating the 'This space could be' project. People, identity, history, memories, images from the past and strong feeling of belonging filled this space and formed an exceptionally rich and beautiful picture. It's all in there, although might seem difficult to see. _ _ _ Jarek Gąsiorek, Edinburgh, Scotland

Glasgow

Glasgow

The place I hold dear is Glasgow. I do not live there but each time I go I lose another piece of my heart. The red brick reminds me of the warmth that emanates from the city and people itself. It has a pulse like no other. _ _ _ Alison Stewart, UK

Magical

Magical

A magical place, with magical people. Alte, Portugal in 2014. _ _ _ Ursula Mestre, Edinburgh, UK

Putney Bridge, London

Putney Bridge, London

From Putney Bridge in London. One summer evening, I was cycling home after having a pint with my friend by the river. _ _ _ Chiho Suzuki, London, UK

Sheffield

Sheffield

This is my favourite place of recent years because I painted this view and the painting was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize in 2014. It is at the bottom of my road in Sheffield. I could not believe my luck. _ _ _ Sean Williams, Sheffield, UK

White Mountains

White Mountains

Born and raised in the woods of central Massachusetts in the United States, I have long loved the rolling hills of the White Mountains to the north, in New Hampshire. My family would spend every summer there and I feel at one with the world when I witness these breathtaking views. It has influenced me in unimaginable ways and is where I feel the most at home. _ _ _ Amanda Keohane, Massachusetts, U.S.

A Field

A Field

A field, beside my horses, with the quiet beauty you only have in the Scottish countryside. _ _ _ Holly Wesley, Oban, Argyll

Where we will never go back

Where we will never go back

One unusually hot summer day in mid June 2005, I was reading a book on the green patch behind London Eye waiting for my boyfriend at that time... This is a place we will never go back together. _ _ _ Chiho Suzuki, London, UK

McSorley's, New York City.

McSorley's, New York City.

I love Scotland. I love my life here and I love who I'm doing it with but sometimes, just sometimes, I need to be reminded of that and I have to go away just to come back. This is the place I find myself in when I need to find my way back. _ _ _ Kat Gollock, Edinburgh.

Fallen from the sky

Fallen from the sky

I remember passing this remnant going to my grandmothers as a child and felt it was mysterious; though it had fallen from the sky. _ _ _ Robyn Boyle, Glasgow, Scotland

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

This is my heaven on earth, it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. This is my safe place, my happy place, a place where nothing bad can ever happen. I will always be at my happiest when I am here. _ _ _ Alice Tomkins, Edinburgh, Scotland

Interlochen, Michigan.

Interlochen, Michigan.

Interlochen, Michigan. I faced my biggest fears here at Interlochen (none of which had to do anything with music) but I came back feeling refreshingly confident (which had everything to do with music). _ _ _ Shannon Bolen, Glasgow, Scotland

Swing Park

Swing Park

Although I remember going to this swing park when I was younger, the image is more to show recent memories that I have at another swing park where I used to go with my friends after a few drinks. _ _ _ Andrew Wares, Thurso, Scotland

Foca, Turkey

Foca, Turkey

Ancient Phokia, now Foca, Turkey is where spent most of my summer holidays as a kid. This house although now seems deserted and long forgotten, still stands as a reminder of the magical summer nights with crimson rays of setting sun caressing its pale walls. _ _ _ Neslihan Tepehan, Edinburgh, Scotland

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

This is Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana. For eight weeks and a day, my best friend and I drove from L.A to N.Y on a massive adventure with not much of a plan. But when we arrived here, we switched off, stopped and stared and it took us an awfully long time to get anywhere else. _ _ _ Alice Gunn, Torphichen, Scotland

Sirens and silence

Sirens and silence

I feel like I’m on top of the world there, which is a feeling I’ve never been too familiar with in life. Its nice. You never leave as the same person as you arrived. Sirens and silence often hand-in-hand. Its a magical place, very close to my heart. _ _ _ Ashlie Smart, Glasgow, Scotland

Copenhagen Chimney

Copenhagen Chimney

This image was taken in Copenhaden, Denmark where I visited in the summer of 2014. I stumbled across this place while out exploring, completely abandoned and forgooten about, yet a stones throw from a bustling city. _ _ _ Michael McCann, Glasgow, Scotland

St David's, Pembrokeshire

St David's, Pembrokeshire

I took this image after a surf trip down to St David's, Pembrokeshire. This image was taken at freshwater west beach. The beach and seaside is very dear to me, I love the way it makes me feel and the way it relaxes me, the smells and textures, it also reminds me of childhood holidays with my late nana, who was very close to my heart. _ _ _ Leanne Dennis, Cambridgeshire, UK

TheRedRoom

TheRedRoom

I visited this place in Belgium recently. One of the very few cases of abandoned places where electricity stills runs. When I switched on the lights in the attic rooms, everything became red. The rest is history. _ _ _ Ioannis Lachanis, Edinburgh, Scotland

The stars glowed through the dark

The stars glowed through the dark

This was taken from someone else's bed in Long Island, New York (2013). I was on Spring break, and staying in an unfamiliar place, with the a family who made me feel more welcome than most. The stars glowed through the dark. _ _ _ Nadia Gabriel, Edinburgh, Scotland

Nana and Woody's

Nana and Woody's

The back room at Nana and Woody's, 2014. The room where we, as children, would eat Christmas dinner and watch videos and sleep over. We'd climb and push the ceiling tiles up to see the traces of 1970's decorating and the hidden high ceilings of our Grandparents' Glasgow tenement flat. _ _ _ Lily Morris, Edinburgh, Scotland

Moving home

Moving home

I took this photo after packing up to move house. Things become slightly sterile and surreal after removing all your things. But I still find a strange sense of comfort in its emptiness. _ _ _ Cliona Ni Laoi, Dublin, Ireland

The Boatyard

The Boatyard

I grew up around boats. Every weekend growing up I passed through this little fishing town and drove past this boatyard. When I was 6 years old this place closed. Over the years it has been torn apart by the weather but it still retains so much history and it still reminds me of being a child by the sea with my dad learning about boats together. _ _ _ Eilidh Leask, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ruchill Park, Glasgow

Ruchill Park, Glasgow

Standing at the top of the hill looking over the view, I recall childhood memories of warm summer days with family and friends. This place evokes tastes, smells, sounds and voices from another time. Mum’s lovingly prepared picnics and dad kicking the football high as the sky. Precious, perfect, summer days. _ _ _ Trish Gibson, Glasgow, Scotland

Wednesbury

Wednesbury

This is about a mile from my home. There is a pool, probably left by mine workings near the river. There are geese, ducks, coots and other wildlife. I often go there to take photographs or just to walk and relax. _ _ _ Mike Maynard, Wednesbury, UK

Seafield Tower

Seafield Tower

The ruins of the Seafield tower between Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn represents the ruins of a home for me. It is a peaceful place and I go there when I need to clean my thoughts and just to enjoy the view. _ _ _ Nikolina Dimitrova, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Romania

Romania

Visit to Romania with friends. Some of the sceneries were absolutely breath-taking, it is a place worth seeing, despite the harsh conditions. _ _ _ Viktorie Licková, Coventry, UK

Tanzania

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania will always be dear to me. I was born and raised there and it helped sculpt who I am today. _ _ _ Simon Forsythe, Glasgow, Scotland

Motril - Granada

Motril - Granada

Motril - Granada. I fondly remember this cold, windy afternoon, being in the company of four almost strangers, in a foreign land. I was content, I was free, I was at peace. We walked, we explored, and then we rested with a feast of freshly caught fish platter, paella, and wine. _ _ _ Najma Abukar, Glasgow, Scotland

Davaar Island

Davaar Island

This photograph was taken looking back towards Campbeltown from Davaar Island, a place where I spent many days of my childhood exploring and collecting various ephemera that had washed up upon the pebble beach. This location holds a great place in my heart as it sparked my love of the Scottish landscape and the many creative adventures it has led me on. _ _ _ Holly Ward, Glasgow, Scotland

Leuchars, Scotland

Leuchars, Scotland

This is where we used to stay. Where Kings and witches, clowns would play. The doves would sleep in boxy nests. imaginations would do the rest. _ _ _ Jenni Bangs, Leuchars, Scotland.

Ostel Bay, Cowal Peninsula

Ostel Bay, Cowal Peninsula

Ostel Bay on the Cowal Peninsula, a stunning sandy bay with amazing views across to Arran. One of my favourite places in Winter or Summer. Happy memories of lazy picnics with my sun kissed kids and one of several remote locations in an ongoing photographic project entitled ‘Little Red’. _ _ _ Jean Donaldson, Strachur, Scotland

Retreat

Retreat

My partner and I went on a writers/artists retreat to this watch house by the sea. It was a week of creating and exploring. It was completely refreshing to focus entirely on the environment and on our own work away from obligations and the distractions of a big city. Hearing the waves crashing on the coast and peering out at the water was incredibly relaxing and inspiring. _ _ _ Scout Stuart, Manchester, UK

Grandas House

Grandas House

I only remembered my Granda's House by memory when I visited two years ago. My Gran and Granda have not lived together in years - probably since I was born. I see my Granda at my Grans every week when I visit as he still cares for her, but I was curious to see if what I pictured in my head after all these years would be what I would find in his house. The feelings of nostalgia were overwhelming. I love the quirky and strange ways in which my Grandparents live. _ _ _ Chloe Waugh, Glasgow

Those Magical Trees - Edinburgh

Those Magical Trees - Edinburgh

I live on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The woods surrounding my home are immense and beautiful. I'm sure faeries live there. We ramble in there quite often and this is the best photograph I have ever taken inside of those magical trees. My Mum, Christmas Day, 2013. _ _ _ Chloe Henderson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Stockholm

Stockholm

The place is Stockholm. It was one of those really amazing holidays when everything seems to fit together perfectly. A secluded beach on one of the islands. For me this photo sums up that feeling of being on a complete winning streak. Lying on your back in the sun with a smile on your face. That's why that place is special. _ _ _ Joe Lewis, London, UK

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Freedom is the open road. I feel more at home when I am moving than I do when I am static, and there is no better place to be out on the open road then the Scottish Highlands. This photograph was taken on the way to the Isle of Skye. _ _ _ Sam Williamson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Cycling across Scotland's west coast

Cycling across Scotland's west coast

On a solo cycle trip across the west coast of Scotland and onto Skye I found this tiny road on the way north towards Sligachan that hugged the coast and left the cars behind. Scotland and cycling connects with my soul and reminds me of everything I hold dear. _ _ _ Josephine Green, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ben Lomond, Scottish Highlands

Ben Lomond, Scottish Highlands

"For that which we cannot see, feel, smell, touch, or understand, we do not believe. For this, we are merely fools walking on the grounds of great potential with no comprehension of what is." Guru Granth Sahib. Photo taken on the south ridge of Ben Lomond in the Scottish highlands. _ _ _ David Storrie, Glasgow, Scotland

Abandoned

Abandoned

Last year I found myself photographing abandoned areas in my home town, Brescia, for an urban research project. During the exploration I entered this vast, almost completely demolished area where my grandfather worked in the 70s. I’ve never got to know him, he died of heart attack in this building. _ _ _ Matteo Romellini, Brescia, Italy

Portencross, North Ayrshire

Portencross, North Ayrshire

A new resident of Scotland, I have managed to find a home away from home once again. This picture was taken at Portencross, North Ayrshire. Looking out towards Arran. Whenever I look at the image it makes me glad that I took the leap to move, and is something I hold dear. _ _ _ Matthew Arthur Williams, Glasgow, Scotland

The House of Someone Dear

The House of Someone Dear

This documents the house of someone dear to me. We spent a lot of time there until he passed away 2 years ago. We can't go there physically now, but it remains my favourite place as we will always have good memories from there. _ _ _ Lisa Bathke-Williams, Windsor, England

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

This was summer camp. When I was young I spent more of the summer here than I did at home. Last fall I found myself back here for a wedding. When I made this picture I hadn't been here in a decade. It felt like I had never left. _ _ _ Nathan Pearce, Fairfield, Illinois, U.S.

Barnsley football club

Barnsley football club

One of the last remaining wooden stands in British football. The west stand at Barnsley football club holds extraordinary character, not only in its structure and design but also the people who reside and sit amongst the wooden chairs and timber. A regular seat that me and my dad sit in becomes somewhat of a tradition, halfway along, halfway up in the West Stand. _ _ _ James Parker, Barnsley, UK

The Bothy

The Bothy

Mountain Awakening Dawn enlightens Expanses of forestation and land The land surrounds me Trees they comfort Lost in the wild By the presence of nature The Both­­y will forever mean something to me, the place where it sits, the surrounding mountains will always be remembered as an experience that not only changed my art work but myself as a being. _ _ _ Ellis O'Connor [featured Artist]

Asylum, England

Asylum, England

As an urban explorer I have been to many long forgotten places, from Scotland to Belgium, Greece and Ukraine. Hospitals and asylums always hold a special place in my heart, not because of their history as institutions, but because architecturally they always present the most interesting elements. This corridor in an asylum in NE England really made me stop where I was and take it all in. Eerie is but one word and can hardly describe how it felt standing there. _ _ _ Ioannis Lachanis, Edinburgh

The Bathroom

The Bathroom

At 16 I moved out of home to a hospital with a life threatening disease. Whilst there I spent lots of time in the bathroom. It was quieter than the hospital room and a bit more like home because there I wasn't focused on being sick. Instead I focused on analyzing people's faces and their daily routine. After that experience I did a project with water - taking photos in my flat's bathroom. A very intimate relaxing space, where you can be yourself. _ _ _ Agata Di Masternak

Mount Tunipo

Mount Tunipo

Mount Tunipo is a small mountain in New Zealand's "forgotten" mountain range the Ruahines. It's a tough trek, up and down but It's far enough away to be far away and close enough to be close. _ _ _ Anthony Behrens, Palmerston North, New Zealand

M60

M60

4am. Driving over the M60 as the sun rises. Music blaring as the city sleeps. Homecoming. _ _ _ Samantha Bell, Manchester, UK

To The Past I Return

To The Past I Return

To the past I return, looking for my apricot tree... For it never grew beyond its seed With a hopeful smile, my grandma buried it Scattered the soil, and shouted: In peace it shall grow In peace it shall lay its child In peace it shall obey nature's sins In peace it shall wither and die… _ _ _ Reman Sadani, York, UK

The English Channel

The English Channel

Sitting on a small fishing boat in the middle of the English channel I was documenting some guys I had only met once before swim it as part of an epic journey from London to Amsterdam. I will never forget how small they, we, seemed compared to the vastness of the sea. Or how seasick I felt. _ _ _ Mr Castro, Guildford, UK

Fog Lane Park

Fog Lane Park

This is where I would walk when staying with a past partner. A place that creates an exclusive moment for those who share and walk within it. A place that preserves the essence of a moment, seeing the sky, feeling still, being unalone. I may never walk here again. _ _ _ Alice Gordon, Glasgow, Scotland

Angus, Scotland

Angus, Scotland

I love where I live. Nature is observed in all her technicolour glory out here and I love every moment of her raw energies. From the living room window of my cottage, the magical vision of Schiehallion ‘fairy hill of the Caledonians‘ appears on clear days, And the sun can be seen setting between its highest and lowest points throughout the year. _ _ _ Sarah Rychtarova, Angus, Scotland

Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

Emotionally suspended between art and nature. _ _ _ Inbal Drue, Edinburgh, Scotland

Mexico

Mexico

Climbing the third tallest peak in my country was a tough challenge but the beauty of it is that i did it right next to the people i love most! _ _ _ Abraham Nemer, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Seaham Beach

Seaham Beach

This was shot on a cold autumn evening on Seaham beach. Me and some friends had gone down to play with light painting before the tide came crawling in. We found a lovely remote part of the beach with some amazing rock formations to run round with the lights. _ _ _ Laura Crow, Newcastle, UK

Glasgow Subway

Glasgow Subway

The Glasgow Subway. This place in which I frequently travel through, providing a certain calmness from the busy city above. _ _ _ Lisa Boyd, Glasgow, Scotland.

Cliff

Cliff

A father and son road-trip along the west coast of America seemed to not be all that after looking at the same road for thousands of miles since departing Texas but as we ventured on the last part of our drive we climbed a hill that separated one state from another to see the view that never ended. _ _ _ Preston Hartley, Manchester, UK

Car Park

Car Park

When trying to find a parking space in the busy city of Manchester we found a cheaper alternative a few minutes walk out of the city in the old shelters which were previously used for protection against the bombings in WW2, they now stand as a cheap all day car park. _ _ _ Preston Hartley, Manchester, UK

Bedroom

Bedroom

I moved to Edinburgh 4 yeas ago. This is my 3rd bedroom but my first home. Taken with camera obscura effect the outside is projected on the inside of my bedroom to highlight the importance of the surroundings of what we call a home. _ _ _ Ida Blom, Edinburgh, UK

Battersea Gasholder

Battersea Gasholder

I took this photo last year whilst living in London. It was one of the last photos of the Battersea Gasholder taken before demolition and one of my first photos taken with a 35mm camera. I really like this photo. _ _ _ Martyna Benedyka, Aberdeen, Scotland

Evanton Woods, Scotland

Evanton Woods, Scotland

Evanton Woods, Scotland. When you can no longer climb mountains, you take to the woods . . . A wood with a fine variety of trees and big river running through it. Gives me 6 months of good foraging and of course autumn, my favourite time of year. Bliss. _ _ _ Roddy McKenzie, Evanton, Scotland

Church - Gilles Demarque de Rieux

Church - Gilles Demarque de Rieux

There was no specific reason the first time I entered this Church. The stripes of light hitting the elements, the deep shadows and the emptiness of this place brought magic and serenity to my soul. This is where I like seating and thinking without being disturbed by the outside world. _ _ _ Gilles Demarque de Rieux, Brussels, Belgium

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs was my college town, the place where I found myself. Here, my friend Angela is taking in the beautiful surroundings of a dance center a few miles to the south, in Massachusetts. This picture was taken at a time when my life was about to take a turn. This photograph evokes both my past and times of uncertainty, while placing hope in the future and hinting to feelings of great joy that I was unaware would follow. _ _ _ Marielle Briant, Saratoga Springs, New York

Connected

Connected

As I was sat in a coffee shop after a fresh filling pizza, I pulled out my camera from my bag to take a picture of my friend sat opposite me and took a picture that sums up most social outings, people being connected with their phones instead of those in their company. _ _ _ Preston Hartley, Manchester, UK

North Berwick

North Berwick

During the Easter holidays I was taken to the outdoor swimming pool in North Berwick, East Lothian, by my Grandparents. Sadly the pool has been filled in but the changing rooms still remain. _ _ _ Stef McKenna, Edinburgh, Scotland

Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

This is a small area of outer Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. I discovered this place on a bike ride, cycling along and around the Yangtze River on my day off from work. There were lots of little streets like this one along the side of a railway track. Very different to the high rise, all glass skyscrapers of Nanjing City; and just as impressive visually. _ _ _ Alexandra Glew, Manchester, England

The Highlands

The Highlands

I adore the highlands, so inspiring to me. A beauty that we did not make, but one that made us. A self-portrait, to express the magnificent loneliness and melancholy feeling of Scotland’s wilderness. _ _ _ Julie Gibson, Ayrshire, Scotland

Airport

Airport

"I never dwelled too much about airports before this time as I classified them as places of transit and usually lacking any cultural significance. I see more in airports now than I do outside of them as it is the first and last building you experience in a foreign country." _ _ _ Sukhijt Sidhu, Melbourne, Australia

Islamic Baths, Granada

Islamic Baths, Granada

Deafeningly silent, refreshingly cool and delicately lit. Such contrast to the busy streets beyond these damp brick arched vaults sprinkled with star shaped voids. A summer day at Islamic Baths, Granada, Spain. _ _ _ Wayne Tindal, Melbourne, Australia

'Barjeel' / Wind Tower, Dubai

'Barjeel' / Wind Tower, Dubai

This image (taken as an adult) reminds me of the Dubai of my childhood. Traditional wind-catchers like this are now very rare in the Persian Gulf. The Dubai I grew up in...seems buried in the sands of my memory. Glass skyscrapers have replaced a climate-appropriate Architecture. _ _ _ Sonia Sarangi, Melbourne, Australia

Shadows

Shadows

Although I didn’t enjoy suburbia life very much in this particular run-down California bungalow, but my accidental window curtains had given me a lot of inspiration, imagination, excitement and many impromptu snaps. I missed watching those surreal shadows move and sway with the natural elements outside of the windows. _ _ _ Siew-Fung Then, Melbourne, Australia

McClelland Sculpture Park, Australia

McClelland Sculpture Park, Australia

This is my dog critiquing the sculptures at McClelland Sculpture Park in Langwarrin, Victoria. There is a lovely walking track around the property to view all the sculptures. I often visit with my family and friends, and always have a wonderful time looking at the creativity and getting in touch with nature. _ _ _ Sarah Crowley, Melbourne, Australia

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

Wilderness, junkyard, and a celebration. Kalahari Oasis Pub in Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, South Africa, on New Year's Eve 2013. A beautiful place to escape and marvel at the power nature has in reclaiming the built environment. _ _ _ Roselyn Tan, Melbourne, Australia

The Royal Exhibition Building

The Royal Exhibition Building

This photo is of the Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens during The Big Design Market 2013. The Royal Exhibition Building is architecturally my favourite building in Melbourne and when this photo was taken I had just introduced my girlfriend to my Mum, my first girlfriend since my divorce. _ _ _ James O'Keeffe, Melbourne, Australia

The Routeburn Track, New Zealand

The Routeburn Track, New Zealand

My Dad walked this track at 23, my Mum at 27. I first walked this track with my family when I was 10 years old and then again in 2013 when I was 31. My Dad was 72 years old the last time we completed it. It is one of the most beautiful walks in the world. _ _ _ Meron Tierney, Melbourne, Australia

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

In 2011 after University finished, I went to the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand for an intensive job living 24/7 on a building site and labouring. The skills I learnt were unique, and to see a house being crafted before your eyes showed me what can really be achieved. This photos is a corner detail of the master bedroom ceiling, macrocarpa structure taken from the site and plywood lining. _ _ _Jack Davies, Melbourne, Australia

Kin Kin

Kin Kin

In 1981 a wise man beyond his age moved to Kin Kin. He planted thousands of native trees, guava, bamboo and built a ceda house on the low side of the hilled valley. The ecosystems he has fostered over the years is a quality we should all learn from. To give to the land will return momentous memories of place, time and being. _ _ _ Grace McKellar, Melbourne, Australia

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

It was this time last year that I finally got to visit Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, something that had eluded me during prior visits to Sydney. It has spectacular views over Lavender Bay, yet is secluded and cosy. It is romantic. You are in a world of your own. _ _ _ Eugenia Tan, Wendy Whiteley Garden

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

This was taken on the Brooklyn Bridge - We had experienced gloomy days since our arrival in New York and on this day, the clouds dissipated and the sun came out. An amazing day, as I saw this beautiful bridge, the glorious sun & had two very special people with me. _ _ _ Elissa Loh-Brown, Melbourne, Australia

Escape

Escape

It was a surreal, incredibly beautiful spot. Secluded and hidden, it became our escape from the world beyond. _ _ _ Daria Leikina, Melbourne Australia

Elementé, Salt Lake City

Elementé, Salt Lake City

Quite unintentionally, Salt Lake City is my most frequently visited overseas destination. During my first visit 14 years ago I discovered this beautiful shop filled with vintage delights. I always visit when I go back to Salt Lake, and always manage to bring something home from Elementé in my suitcase. _ _ _ Helen Knight, Melbourne, Australia

Northern Corsica - Chantal Lenthall

Northern Corsica - Chantal Lenthall

I got to know my french extended family while on uni exchange. They took me in even though they didn't know me and it was messy explaining our blood relationship. One place they introduced me to was Corsica, where mountains meet the sea. It's probably my favourite place on earth because of its stunning beauty, opportunities for outdoor adventures and great memories it holds for me. Each time I've been back, I've worried it won't be as awesome as I remember, but each time, I'm blown away again.

Paley Park, New York

Paley Park, New York

Paley Park is a beautiful little place of calm within the busyness that is midtown Manhattan. The sound of the waterfall is a soothing distraction from the city outside, the trees provide dappled shade, and how nice it is to sit in a Bertoia chair to eat lunch! I hope that I will visit this special place many times in my lifetime.

Col du Tourmalet, France

Col du Tourmalet, France

The pilgrimage to Tourmalet, France. The highest road in the Pyrenees, and one of the most legendary climbs in the world. _ _ _ Andrew McKinnon, Melbourne, Australia

Princes Park, Melbourne

Princes Park, Melbourne

Pushing forward, a veil of golden leaves, floating in slow motion, open and still. _ _ _ Michelle Calleja, Melbourne Australia

The Mull of Oa, Islay, Scotland

The Mull of Oa, Islay, Scotland

My brother, son and I took a trip to Islay to research family history. On a walk out to the Mull of Oa to see the American Monument, I too this photo of my son, Alan. He said it was the most beautiful place he had ever been to, the peace and serenity come back to me every time I look at this image. I hope to go back one day. _ _ _ Patricia Leaman, Scotland

Morar Sands, Scotland

Morar Sands, Scotland

Morar Sands, Scotland. In 1997 me and my boyfriend at the time caught a train along the West Highland line to Mallaig, with a backpack and a wee stove. We walked to this incredible beach and camped for 2 nights. I was attacked badly by midges and he forgot the pot for cooking, despite this I didn't want to leave. _ _ _ Aileen McSparkle, Melbourne, Australia

Manhattanville, New York City

Manhattanville, New York City

The photo captured my heart - the solemnity and stillness of Manhattanville in New York City, its vibrant low-income residents soon will be replaced by higher-income residents due to gentrification. The building remains but not its disposable contents … _ _ _ Siew-Fung Then, Australia + Daniel Gallegos, USA

Want YOUR photo in the gallery?

Want YOUR photo in the gallery?

If you would like to contribute to the Hold Me Dear project, please send a photo of a place that means a lot to you, together with a title and 50 word description about why this place is important for you personally, to theholdmedearproject@gmail.com .Descriptions should express the story behind why this place holds meaning for you, and the characteristics that you like about it.

Blue Sky With Washing

Blue Sky With Washing

In this small remote community in Jamkhed India, the backdrop tended to be quite dusty and arid. But this makes any splash of colour, like this washing, spectacular and vibrant. _ _ _ Mieken Grant, Melbourne, Australia

Steavenson's Falls, Marysville

Steavenson's Falls, Marysville

Marysville was at the heart of Australia's deadliest bushfires Black Saturday in 2008. Just outside Marysville, Steavensons Falls was a favourite weekend destination of ours. Since the bushfires, it has instead become a symbol to us of the terrible tragedy. It is a place we now hold dear in our memories. _ _ _ Sonia Sarangi, Melbourne, Australia

Varanassi

Varanassi

Dawn on the River Ganges waiting for sunrise. To bathe in the Ganges is said to cleanse the soul but I wasn't so game. A very peaceful time of day in a busy city. _ _ _ Mieken Grant, Melbourne, Australia

Umupuia (Duder's) Beach, NZ

Umupuia (Duder's) Beach, NZ

A slice of seaside land inherited by my late grandfather, farmed and fished by my ancestors for over a century. With a baby in my belly, I went fishing with my great uncle last year as a kind of goodbye. The property sold soon after as a result of years of family feuding. It now forms part of a regional park so I will still be able to share it with my son. _ _ _ Hayley Preston, Australia. Image: Sutherland Kovach

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Every year, a group of old school friends (plus a few tag-a-longs) make the pilgrimage through fields of barley and rapeseed to their past, their quest for nostalgia and above all hundreds of local ciders. This photograph depicts the travellers, following their footpath back home from school but this time on a different journey, to the annual local folk festival where music, ales and old faces will dance into the end of the night! _ _ _ Georgina Fay, London, UK

Thikse Monastry, Ladakh, India

Thikse Monastry, Ladakh, India

Thikse Monastry, Ladakh, India. I first came here in 2003 accidentally. I was meant to go to China but my flight was cancelled due to SARS, so ended up in North India instead with 1 week notice. This place had a profound effect on me for so many reasons, and at 3,500m above sea level I literally felt on top of the world. I went back in 2012 to visit a family I stayed with there and felt like I had gone home. _ _ _ Aileen McSparkle, Melbourne

Smith's Beach, Melbourne

Smith's Beach, Melbourne

The picture is of dusk at Smith's Beach, Phillip Island (near Melbourne), Australia. I hold it dear as I visited it as soon as I learnt of my pregnancy. The setting is primordial and in many ways befitting of a time where a new life began within me. _ _ _ Sonia Sarangi, Melbourne, Australia

Conic Hill, Scotland

Conic Hill, Scotland

Conic Hill, Scotland, overlooking Loch Lomond and a gorgeous shaggy Highland Toffee Cow with my niece aged 2. Iona climbed the hill on her own in a pink My Little Pony dress to the amazement of the fellow hikers who were doing the West Highland Way route wearing professional expedition gear. She ran towards the rugged beast with no fear to give it a huge cuddle… while i stood frozen shaking shitting my pants. _ _ _ Aileen McSparkle, Melbourne

Edinburgh Gardens - Melbourne

Edinburgh Gardens - Melbourne

A warm summers day isn’t complete without a visit to Edinburgh Gardens. A respite from the hustle and bustle of inner city Melbourne, I am always instantly refreshed, restored and relaxed when I’m there – especially when I get my kite in the air! _ _ _ Alan Tran, Melbourne, Australia

Dandenong Ranges - Melbourne

Dandenong Ranges - Melbourne

"One of my favourite aspects of autumn, is the beauty and changes of nature. This photograph captures the autumn breeze of the Dandenong Ranges. Whenever I travel and come back home, this particular view of the valley and smell of the fresh air always makes me feel at ease and back at home". _ _ _ Bianca Lentini, Melbourne Australia

My Front Door - Fitzroy, Melbourne

My Front Door - Fitzroy, Melbourne

Fitzroy never fails to amaze and delight me. Each I open the front door, I am greeted with another reason to love my neighbourhood. Taken in the early morning, this photo of hot air balloons reminds me of the magic of Fitzroy. _ _ _ Alan Tran, Melbourne, Australia

House on the Hill - Exeter

House on the Hill - Exeter

This abandoned house once sat on the crest of a low hill off a side-road north of Exeter. Nestled between trees and undulating scenery, it was a quiet place set apart from the bustle of the human world, slowly reintegrating itself into the landscape as a natural rather than a human artefact. I watched its metamorphism sporadically over the years; more ivy on the roof, fallen rafters, missing plaster: entropy in action... >>>

House on the Hill - Exeter

House on the Hill - Exeter

>>> ... On my last visit I turned the corner of the familiar lane to find the charred ruins of this house, only a rusty fridge remained within a perimeter of broken and blackened walls. _ _ _ Ian Humberstone, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cave

Cave

This is a cave in the Northern Grampians, in Victoria, Australia, which I hold dear. It's the best V2 roof flake for climbing, but also has two sit starts which pumps it up to a V4 or V5 level. It is really close to the Staypleton campgrounds but there is never anyone there. It is the spot I really started to love climbing. _ _ _ Stuart Beekmeyer, Melbourne, Australia

Saigon

Saigon

I had difficulty finding a place that was important to me, perhaps because I have been quite transient. In contrast, this Vietnamese lady asleep in a narrow lane, looked as though her entire life had existed within this small shop. Taken on an old camera I bought in a Saigon market, a faint light leak illuminates the lady with a warm glow. _ _ _ David Cowan, Australia.

Dormant but not forgotten.

Dormant but not forgotten.

This building lies dormant but not forgotten. Seemingly empty but on closer inspection, a history embedded both in the crumbling brick walls and each disjointed remnant strewn on the dusty ground. Intriguing to peek in through the cracked windows. This neglected farmhouse near my home has always fascinated me. _ _ _Jenny Humberstone, UK

Toronto

Toronto

A city, a space. A comfort so close I reside with the term “home.” Adopted grounds filled with many memories. Your easy summer days & harsh winter nights. My feet will walk your cold wet slushy streets again. A short love note to Toronto. _ _ _ Jeffrey Gee, Canada

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

I have twice visited this fascinating 244 foot high concrete church, built on a hill, and resembling the basalt rocks of Iceland. Inside the decoration is sparse, but the wood work of the pews and pulpit is beautiful. The most impressive feature is the organ with 5275 pipes, which I was privileged to hear on my first visit. _ _ _ Brenda Disbrey, UK

Our Allotment, Leeds, UK.

Our Allotment, Leeds, UK.

A very proud moment from our cultivated patch of industrial Leeds. This was a revelation for me, growing veggies from seeds. Little shriveled up dead looking seeds that harbor all of this life and energy! With a backdrop of big box retailers and rows or red brick terraces we tilled the soil, learnt new skills and found a little place to call our own. _ _ _ Kate Dundas, Melbourne, Australia

Techima Art Gallery, Techima, Japan

Techima Art Gallery, Techima, Japan

It is sometimes nice to have just one thing. The purity of one thing can lead to infinite thoughts, not a echo of a cacophony of noises surrounding us. It is sometimes nice to have a break from trying to know too many things. _ _ _ Andy Yu, Australia

A Furry Road Block, Scotland.

A Furry Road Block, Scotland.

A furry road block in my favourite place. Ardnamurchan, Scotland – difficult to say and difficult to get to. The most westerly point of mainland Scotland and full to the brim of wonder and staggering beauty. Golden eagles, otters, seals, fresh seafood, brisk cold wind, blue skies, sun and snow. _ _ _ Kate Dundas, Scotland, UK.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

This street is in the middle of Dresden, Germany. This photo was taken right out of our living room window while we were watching football. There is always something going on in our street, if it is free beer from the brewery, a band performance or just people watching sports together. _ _ _ Bjorn Lange, Germany

Flamenco, Seville

Flamenco, Seville

A flamenco studio guarantees bliss for me. My best flamenco student experience to date has been at Acadamia Manuel Betanzos, in Seville, studying with incredibly gifted, generous flamenco artists. I may be exhausted, sweating rivers and overwhelmed, but I'll have a huge smile on my face. _ _ _ Sharon Tickle, Australia

Strandkorbe, Germany

Strandkorbe, Germany

Lining the beaches, open and ready to shelter walkers and swimmers, these 'Strandkörbe' are typical of the northern German islands. When my boyfriend first took me here, to Sylt, he shared his memories, his fears, his dreams. He opened his life to me, and I fell wholeheartedly in. _ _ _ Mags Fletcher, Germany

Ardnamurchan, Scotland

Ardnamurchan, Scotland

This is where I think of when I think of being free – looking out across the sea to the Inner Hebrides, cooking mussels on the beach and sailing over to loch to see Fiona in Morvern. _ _ _ Kate Dundas, Melbourne, Australia

Bed _ _ _ Eliza Gower

Bed _ _ _ Eliza Gower

This was once my parents bed. The place I crawled to as a child when I was sick or scared. And the one I returned to as a teenager after long trips away. It is now my bed. And the closest thing I have to home. A relic of my past. An unchanging comfort in an ever-changing life. The place I long for when I'm far away. The keeper of my tears, my fears, my midnight madness. And the only place that knows the true depth of my love, and keeps him warm and safe for me each night as darkness falls.

Dubai

Dubai

The smells and memories of this foreign place are always surprising to me, an inbuilt feeling of home from things so removed – the call to prayer, the musty smell of spices and heat, the warm wind. So different from Glasgow and yet so strangely comforting. _ _ _ Kate Dundas, Scotland, UK.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

I spent some time in Copenhagen whilst studying for my Masters. I loved the harbour and sound of the water swirling and crashing, the view across the water of the city in the haze of sunset, all those small nooks and favourite cafes, streets and other spots spread across the city. A very cosy and homely city. _ _ _ Anon, Australia

New Orleans

New Orleans

Somewhere along the dark lonesome bus journey from Houston to New Orleans crystalised the image of home. It burned bright in front of me as the neon lights of fast food highway strips; and slipped achingly from view as we kissed the torn and battered edge of the Louisiana bayou. _ _ _ Claud Bergs, Australia

Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

Obscured by sand dunes when you approach, once scaled, an expanse of golden sand is revealed. At low tide the kids would paddle in the rock pools with their fishing nets and the shallow stream was always a favourite place, being warmer than the sea, exploring the cave was scary for kids and grownups alike. Even in the pouring rain we would swim or body surf until it was time for tea. _ _ _ Pete Ryder, UK.

Summer fields

Summer fields

Painting the low lying countryside with it's yellow hue. Contrasting the open blue sky. Every year the oil seed rape crop blossoms in the fields behind my family home. Wide never-ending swathes of the yellow flowers are perforated only by the occasional tall tree, barn or winding path. Their character and the expanse of undulating fields and open sky are now very much associated with the feeling of home for me.

Bassin d’Arcachon, Aquitaine, France

Bassin d’Arcachon, Aquitaine, France

The Aquitaine region has been like a second home to me since I was born. The whole family meets there every summer for a couple of days, enjoying good wine and food. The Bassin is a spot of incredible beauty, changing every day with the falling and rising tide. _ _ _ Maren Luger, Germany.

The abandoned farmhouse

The abandoned farmhouse

This is a photo of an abandoned farm building near my childhood home. It was a favourite of my mum's, who had grand plans to buy it and do it up, though we could never have afforded to! It's on the route of a walk she often did and I regularly walk it, instead of visiting her grave, as a little pilgrimage to her. _ _ _ Amelia Smith, Scotland.

Edinburgh Rooftops

Edinburgh Rooftops

I used to share a fourth floor flat during university in Edinburgh with some great and treasured friends. A favourite spot was sitting in the kitchen, making cups of tea, chatting about our days, cooking eggs and beans on toast, and curling up on the sofa looking out of the bay window across the Edinburgh rooftops. _ _ _ Jenny, UK

The Fireballs, Stonehaven, Scotland

The Fireballs, Stonehaven, Scotland

The Fireballs are my hometown tradition. It’s an occasion for hugs and kisses in the freezing cold with only hopes of the drink and the company keeping you warm as the New Year rings in! _ _ _ Kat, Scotland.

Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain.

Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain.

Me and my Cousin Sarah hadn't seen one another in a few years so we met in Malaga, hired a tiny car and drove to the mountains. We named the car Jesus Maria and it was a miracle we survived driving the other side of the road. After what seemed like 5 hours of hairpin bends, we both got car sick so stopped at this breath-taking mountain-top pass for a picnic. We just cuddled one another and said how happy we were (to be there with that view, and also to be out of Jesus Maria). _ Aileen McSparkle

Fishing Harbour - Calpe, Spain

Fishing Harbour - Calpe, Spain

For years I regularly visited Calpe, Spain, firstly staying in a friends’ apartment and latterly in the Hotel Porto, over-looking the yacht marina and a very busy fishing harbour. Whatever the time of day or night activity at sea could be seen from the balcony. Unfortunately my friend died suddenly in 2012. _ _ _ Brenda Disbrey, UK

Annex of my heart, London, UK

Annex of my heart, London, UK

It was not a house. It was a garage. It was not a garage. It was a home. It meant more to us than its owner. It was our annex in the concrete garden. We miss you. Do you miss us? _ _ _ Tristan Elliott, Australia.

My sister's walk

My sister's walk

I took this from the balcony of my sister's apartment in Sliema Malta. When I look at it I can see my sister walking to and from work along that promenade beside the shiny sea with the warm sun on her face. She loves her life and I LOVE HER. _ _ _ Jacque Ryder, UK.

Isles of Scilly, UK.

Isles of Scilly, UK.

Beautiful and unspoilt, 28 miles off the Cornish coast, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a mild climate where sub-tropical plants thrive, it’s my idea of paradise. I have spent many happy tranquil holidays there, where the most taxing part of the day is deciding which Island to visit. _ _ _ Rose Humberstone, UK.

Peeking over the wall

Peeking over the wall

Every time I would cycle my bike through the terraced back streets of East London on my way to work, I would spot this pair of eyes peeking over the wall of someone's garden. I love the playfulness of the person who decided to place this painting in such an unusual spot to surprise and delight anonymous passers by. _ _ _ Emma, UK

The Mill Pond, Cambridge

The Mill Pond, Cambridge

I grew up in the small town of Cambridge in England. Renowned for its historic architecture and prestigious university, instead I remember hazy summer days spent punting down the river in long, wooden and precarious boats with only a pole and a single oar to keep us from falling in to the reed-filled murky water, meeting friends on the scrap of river-bound grass at the Mill Pond, and cycling through the winding cobbled streets on my old rusty bike. _ _ _ Jenny, Cambridge, UK.

On my bike.

On my bike.

One of my favourite places is on my bike. Going for adventures through the countryside along meandering paths, wind in my hair and that feeling of freedom. Day trips through forests, fields and farmland. Stopping for picnics and enjoying the changing landscape. _ _ _ Anon, Melbourne, Australia

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Bruny Island, Tasmania. A mouldy camper van, two broken plastic chairs, a bottle of wine and a best friend. This place and moment was so magical and will always be a highlight of my travels. _ _ _ Aileen McSparkle

Home

Home

My family home. Happy memories of a childhood climbing trees, falling out of them again, running around causing trouble, making mud pies and magic potions from ingredients like rustling autumn leaves and soil-covered twigs. Now I make a few less mud pies, but it's still the place I treasure most. A combination of the place, it's memories and the people in it. _ _ _ Jenny Humberstone, UK.

  THE HOLD ME DEAR PROJECT

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Kin Kin

In 1981 a wise man beyond his age moved to Kin Kin. He planted thousands of native trees, guava, bamboo and built a ceda house on the low side of the hilled valley. The ecosystems he has fostered over the years is a quality we should all learn from. To give to the land will return momentous memories of place, time and being. _ _ _ Grace McKellar, Melbourne, Australia