Remembrance Day in Greenock

Waking up early on Sunday morning, I was met with an email from the editor of a Greenock news site asking if I’d cover one of the many remembrance ceremonies in Inverclyde. I just so happened to be down that way photographing a couple’s semi-new addition to the family¬†and all the times collided nicely, so I agreed to do a bit of documentary style shooting.

I arrived at the ceremony a minute late, and unbeknownst to me walked into the memorial with the announced “VIPs”. How embarrassing. Anyway, it seemed fitting to do these in black and white, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a batch black and white post on my blog.

 
 

Laurence Deveney

Been on a bit of a lens flare kick lately. You may not recognise him as a result, but this is Laurence, who I recently shot at the Sugar Sheds in Greenock. We went for coffee yesterday, which was a perfect day for it, followed by food and drink at Lebowskis. Okay, I have been in Lebowskis a few times now as it’s very close to my home, but I didn’t realise they had 22 varieties of White Russians, which is obviously what The Dude in The Big Lebowski drinks. I’m going to make my way through them all, try and stop me!

 
 
 
 

Street Shots

Yeah, seems I’m itching to do street photography every weekend now. Saw lots of interesting characters today with it being the lead up to Christmas, which means Glasgow is swarming. This is good because it means people don’t notice the girl with the camera so much (which people¬†do, and they stare at you like you’re a fucking weirdo), even if Indie does draw attention to me by barking at pigeons. Anyway, for whatever reason I wasn’t on the ball with my shots today, so I came away a little disheartened.

 
 

Couture By Carolyn

You may have noticed by now, but my sister makes dresses. She often turns up at my flat in Glasgow (she’s from Edinburgh) and says “Hey, I have a model coming around in an hour. You have to shoot her.” and before I know it my flat is invaded by attractive women modelling Carolyn’s clothes, making me feel fat and crossing my fingers all my gear is charged. The shot below was one of those days.

 
 

Street Shots on Halloween Weekend

While shopping around for my Halloween costume (which is so far a secret, but I can reveal it is of course video game themed), I took my camera into town for some candid, street photography. I’ve been really digging street stuff lately; you never know what you’ll come away with or who you’ll see. Today I came across a parade of men dressed as penguins, as well as a group of kilted gentlemen.

 
 

Indie: Week Eleven (Outtake)

I hope you’ve been keeping up with my 52 weeks of Indie project? I have a lot of outtakes, I just never edit or do anything with them. Except today. I had a hard time deciding between this one and the one that made it onto Flickr. I like the sausage (sausage is a funny word) in this one, but prefer the composition in the other shot, even if there is a lot of negative space.

 
 

Eruption

Yesterday I had a bit of a strange day in which I erupted like a volcano. Actually, to anybody that really knows me, that isn’t strange — I do have a temper. My friend had been badgering me to help her shoot her pal’s portfolio; she didn’t have the confidence to do it alone and needed me to give her pointers with her camera. I agreed, but when I turned up my friend didn’t have her camera. I felt the wool had been pulled over my eyes, that I thought I was doing my friend a favour but now I was giving up my Sunday to shoot someone’s portfolio for free. The worst part is I didn’t get a thanks from the person who’s portfolio I was shooting.

Sometimes I feel so alienated from my generation, and this is a prime example of why. A generation that, while I’m massively generalising, seems to have been brought up without a decent work ethic or basic manners.

I had words with my friend and she assured me she hadn’t meant to take advantage, and everything is cool between us now. On a positive note, that’s the sign of a good friendship — when you can blow off steam and talk it out in the end.

 
 

Wee Wolves

You should know by now I love my doggies, and I have no problem stopping random people to ask if I can photograph their pets (they always say yes, as opposed to what they say when you ask to photograph them). I didn’t catch their names, but I do know the pup is only 13 weeks old and both dogs aren’t related. I also know the focus is a little soft on a couple of the images (namely the one with the Spaniel humping some other dog in the background), but I’m going to let my perfectionism slide in this case as they are CUTE!

 
 

The Jesus Dude

A bit of street photography for you. This man has an amplifier, a microphone, fliers and a mission to spend his days preaching to the passers by in Glasgow about faith, society and Jesus etc. Kudos to him for being passionate about it, but I don’t think people take so kindly to having beliefs thrust upon them. We can all figure out our faith, or lack of, on our own. Right?

 
 
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