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*

 
 

Laboratorio Espresso

Glasgow’s city centre has always lacked a decent espresso bar, in my opinion, being largely occupied by ‘coffee’ chains. I hate coffee chains. I mean, they don’t even sell coffee. The past couple of times I’ve been in the city centre and in need of a coffee, I’ve headed to the newly opened Laboratorio Espresso on West Nile street. The decor is nice, and so is the coffee!

 
 
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