An Afternoon Being Tourists

After spending two days in the office, Mark and I broke free to indulge in some tourist activities around London. We only had one day, which I thought would be enough to fit in a few London landmarks, but because the city is so huge we spent most of it commuting from one location to another. Or so it felt.

Whilst my fleeting jaunt around London wasn’t fruitful for photos, it has certainly been an invaluable visit business wise. It looks like I may be returning to the capital a lot more, so there’s hope for her growing on me yet.

 
 

One Week in New York

So there we were, hunners of us, all with cameras and visiting New York City, taking trivial photos of the banal, like a Macy billboard or NYPD car. But that’s what you do when you’re in NYC.

I did it the first time I visited in 2010, but this time was a little more… authentic. Firstly, my friend put me up in her Brooklyn apartment, introduced me to her friends, and took me to haunts I’d have otherwise missed. I got out of Manhattan and visited Williamsburg, Bushwick and other Brooklyn spots (my favourite being Brooklyn Heights). I became familiar with, but failed to master, the New York subway. Gosh, I even saw a woman poop on it.

Highlights included having my morning coffee in a sunny Central Park, a cheeseburger at Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg, taking in the view at Top of The Rock, a photo walk along the promenade at Brooklyn Heights, meatballs with Jack, a banana shake at Bareburger, a Saturday stroll through the Meatpacking District, getting lost on the NY subway, mac and cheese at The Brooklyn Star, visiting the Foursquare office, and free booze at a nightclub in Manhattan.

One week later and I’ve just arrived home in Glasgow. Holidays are fun, but nothing beats my King size bed, being with Indie, and my general routine (I like my routine).

Without further ado, here’s my week in New York. In photos.

 
 

BRB. In New York.

As if you didn’t already know, considering I haven’t shut up about it since booking my 8 day, New York ‘vacation’ in July. I’m staying with a friend I’ve known for 20 years. My only friendship of any length over, like, 5 years.

Despite having visited New York before, this is turning out to be quite a different vibe as I’m kicking about with people who actually live here, staying in Brooklyn and riding the subway regularly, and going to places a little off the beaten path.

I’m regularly updating Flickr.

 
 

Another Blog About Coffee

The other week I was approached via Flickr regarding purchasing a license for one of my photos. For anybody who uploads original photographs to the internet, there will be many unfortunate instances where you see your photo being used without credit. So, when somebody not only seeks permission to use a photo I’ve taken, but offers to pay me for a license, it makes me feel a certain gratitude towards that person. Therefore, I gave the person in question permission to use the photo for free, provided they linked to my blog. Little did I know that the photo would be used for EightPointNine, a shop offering fresh, personalised, coffee blends. And as a thank you, they sent me my very own blend of coffee. Then I took photos of it.

Get yourself some, too!

 
 

Malia Visits Kelvingrove Dog Park

Despite having a working weekend, I was left to look after my sister’s dog while she was in Ibiza. Malia is a bit of a handful, and my dog, Indie, doesn’t get on with her at all (though Indie doesn’t get on with any dogs). It made for a stressful day! In a futile attempt to zap the energy from Malia so we could get back to work, we took her to Kelvingrove dog park for some exercise. Malia mingled with the other dogs, but Indie – as usual – cowered behind my legs.

 
 

Clyde Swim

Just a couple of photos from the Clyde Swim I photographed at the weekend (I’ll upload the rest to my Facebook page). These swimmers emerged triumphantly after crossing a choppy Clyde for charity. I’m running my first 10K in a week, and after witnessing people from all age groups tackle this successfully, I felt inspired and ready for a challenge.

 
 

Lyle Hill Panoramic

Yesterday I photographed the Clyde swim in Greenock. I will share the photos later in the week, but while in Greenock on such a beautiful day, I drove to the top of Lyle Hill and took a few photos with the intention of stitching them together in Photoshop. It’s a rarity I will say this, but Greenock looked pretty. Oh, and you might have noticed it wasn’t my first time up Lyle Hill.

 
 

Carolyn Couture Dresses at The Barras

If only we had longer to shoot, as this brief wander around The Barras turned out to be highly inspiring. Maybe it was Carolyn’s beautiful new dresses, or the model, Leigh, who photographed so nicely. It was a refreshing transition from the weddings I have been doing recently.

The colours, texture, dirt, grime, cigarette butts and Weegie patter. It all made my camera happy.

 
 

A Typical Weegie

Shooting at The Barras yesterday reminded me of my love for Glasgow, particularly the funny patter with the Weegies. We attracted a lot of attention while shooting a beautiful model in Carolyn’s dresses, surrounded predominantly by male market traders. I’ll be uploading those photos later in the week, but for now I just wanted to demonstrate what a typical Glaswegian is like. Yep.

 
 

Fifi and Ally

Brunch with Miss Connolly is a regular occurrence at the weekend. We’ve uncovered a few good spots as of late, namely St Louis on Dumbarton Road. I guess there had to be a bad egg in there somewhere, and that bad egg was Fifi and Ally. A stingy portion in comparsion to the same dish at Tribeca or St Louis, yet priced the same as the latter. But what was worse, for me, was the maple syrup that was listed as accompanying the waffle wasn’t even syrup; it was honey.

I take my cheat meal seriously, and this was a total waste. I won’t be back.

 
 
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