Tom Welsh

Today I had the pleasure of enjoying a coffee with film maker, Tom Welsh. Tom does the tour videography for You Me At Six (amongst other cool stuff), and so when he tweeted he was passing through Glasgow, I asked if he’d have a chance to meet up. His chat was so good I’ve invited him back to talk to attendees of an upcoming Glasgow Photo Walk. Tom also writes an interesting blog about gear and life as a film maker on the road.

Seeing as his career involves music, I thought it only apt to photograph him in front of Glasgow’s new music venue, The Hydro.

 
 

Glasgow Photo Walk

On Saturday I took a group of 10+ people on a 2 mile route around the East End of Glasgow for the inaugural Glasgow Photo Walk. To be perfectly honest, when I awoke on Saturday morning and heard the downpour of rain, I didn’t think anybody would show up. After a few cancellations landing in my inbox (inevitable), I was standing at Glasgow Cathedral in the company of a bunch of people I had never met – and what a lovely group it was!

The rain didn’t appear to dampen anybody’s spirits, and for the next hour we meandered through the oldest area of Glasgow. There was a lot of old signage and texture, but as always, I focused on portraits. I do like photographing people.

Afterwards we headed to Tinderbox on Ingram Street, and it was at this point we all had a chat about photography and how long each of us has been doing it etc. I really couldn’t have asked for a nicer bunch of people to show up, so thank you to those who took a gamble on coming to the first walk. I really wasn’t sure what I was doing!

Glasgow Photo Walk is on Facebook, and there have been a trickle of photos added to the Flickr group. You can, of course, sign up to be notified of the next walk.

 
 

To Kames

On Saturday I shot my first wedding of the year, demanding a 2 hour trek to Kames, Tighnabruaich, part of which required a ferry ride. The drive to Kames was nothing short of stunning. I can’t describe how it made me feel. It’s only taken me 20 years to appreciate the beauty of Argyll and Bute, having grown up in Dunoon from the age of 6 and leaving for the city at 17.

The couple were kind enough to book me a room in a hotel overnight, giving me the opportunity to appreciate the drive in the morning light. I had to snap a photo of the local service station. I’ve never seen a petrol station so small and I lived in Kilmun for 11 years.

I wish my camera could do the scenery justice, but it doesn’t.

 
 

My Sister’s Engaged

My sister’s fiancé, who is a footballer, was meeting with a Glasgow agent about football ‘hings, so it was the perfect opportunity for my sister to stop by the studio and chat about wedding ‘hings. I attend weddings all the time as a photographer, but I can’t wait to be a part of my sister’s wedding. To celebrate their relationship. To dance. To relax. It isn’t for a while yet, but my photographer perspective has already rubbed off on my sister, who has been sending me potential venues based on natural light (yes!).

 
 

First Week Back

I enjoy the first week back at work after the holidays. January is always a busy month, and this year is no exception. I have a project with work to tie up, and the inaugural Glasgow Photo Walk will be kicking off mid-month. My first wedding of the year is this weekend. Based in a remote part of Scotland, I’m looking forward to the scenic drive and overnight stay in a hotel. I also have a birthday to celebrate, although I’m undecided how I want to celebrate it. I’ve recently got back into gaming, so part of me wants to celebrate with a PlayStation 4. Lastly, I’ve been increasing my training this month for a 10 miler in April. I’ve …

 
 

Anderston

Anderston, the district I live in, is a juxtaposition of beauty. Modern architectural delights, The Hydro and SECC, compliment the skyline, contrasted with derelict buildings, such as Bilslands’ Bakery. I have a fascination with Bilslands’ Bakery, but for the 3 years I have lived here, access has been blocked. I’d love to see inside.

Bilsland Brothers Limited, 1872-1985

James Bilsland ran a small family bakery in Anderston, Glasgow. In 1872, he was later joined by his brothers, William, Alexander and John.

William Bilsland had a flair for business and with him at the helm they soon acquired a number of bakeries around Glasgow.

In 1881 Bilsland Brothers became so prosperous they decided to build a factory to help them keep up with the demand. The bakery was completed in 1882 in Hydepark Street, Anderston, Glasgow.

 
 

Double Exposure

The MKIII’s in-camera double exposure mode is fun to play with, but difficult to nail. I’ve seen other photographer’s produce amazing results, I definitely want to experiment with it. For now, here’s a double exposure I took when exploring the Highlands.

 
 

Welcome, 2014

There is nothing better than a road trip to the Scottish highlands. It never fails to leave me feeling grateful and inspired, I’m thankful this beauty is only a 2 hour drive from the city I call home. Today, my eyeballs couldn’t quite take it all in. I think I need more road trips in my life.

The bitter weather meant we didn’t spend much time outdoors, stopping off at Glencoe Mountain Resort for a hot chocolate, and (the muchos recommended) The Real Food Cafe for fish and chips. I also tried my first pickled egg. Sold!

Perhaps the best part of visiting this area of Scotland, though, is the lack of phone signal. I can’t check-in on Foursquare, or upload my iPhone snaps to Instagram, or live tweet my adventure. No distractions, just excited eyeballs.

 
 

Merry Christmas

As always, I am spending Christmas with my family in Inverkip. My family is quite small, comprising of my sister, mother, gran, and my mother’s boyfriend, Phil. Oh, and I mustn’t forget the dogs – they are a huge part of our family, too. My sister and I were walking our dogs this morning, and Malia took a grumpy turn when we headed home.

Merry Christmas! I hope you aren’t having a grumpy Christmas like Malia.

 
 

Mulled Wine At The Gannett

Seriously, what is happening to Finnieston? It’s become a hub of nice bars and places to eat. I am happy. Today Jo – Director at Toad’s Caravan (srs bsns woman) – and I tried The Gannett, which was boasting a particularly festive menu. We washed down our duck risotto with mulled wine, whilst propped on a bar stool at the window and watching handsome men walk past. Or as handsome as they get in Glasgow. *ducks*

 
 
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