Some simple street shots I took today in Glasgow. Everybody was miserable; it seems the average British person’s mood hinges on how the weather is. Also, I wonder what video game the geek with the GAME bag was taking home.
Yesterday my sister and I did a bit of coverage at charity event, The Only Way Is Glasgow. While Carolyn was stopping fashionable folk to interview she spotted Tallia Storm. And how could you miss her? She had vinyl stuck to her head and was very sparkly. This girl owned the place. She is only 12 years old.
There’s an independent, family run ice cream parlour in Byres Road, Glasgow. They do this wee gem of an ice cream treat called a Coldstone where they mash up two of your favourite flavours, merge it with two toppings of your choice, then finish it off with sauce on a frosted slab (hence the name). Tonight I was naughty and had one, specifically the apple pie and coconut flavours, mashed with strawberries and snowballs, then topped with melted chocolate sauce. Dee-lightful!
This shoot was important to me. Partly because it was for my sister’s new line of dresses, and I’ve seen how hard she’s worked on them so wanted to do her justice, and also because I’ve been feeling really lost with photography lately. I wanted to use this as a chance to push myself, to not rely on methods I’ve grown to feel extremely comfortable with. That meant breaking out the flash.
Okay, let’s back up a minute and talk about my sister; a YouTube fashion guru and dress designer. Carolyn has been slaving over these designs for a while, and they’ll be going live on her shop over the next few weeks (I think, don’t quote me). This was the first time I’ve seen them, and I felt really proud. I have a talented sister.
Anyway, for me this brought back a lot of the excitement I have towards photography that was, for whatever reason, buried away recently. Maybe it was the location, the models, or the fact I was shooting something that important. I don’t know, who cares, I had fun. I love my camera.
Andy is doing a bit of work in Glasgow, and his office just so happens to be right next to my house. Since it was a ridiculously nice day, I took him to Kelvingrove Park on his lunch break and made him drink tea. He likes tea. I couldn’t decide what photo to use, so I made a diptych. I don’t even know if that’s what these things are called, but it is now.
When I was walking Indie yesterday I just so happened to see a poster for Danny MacAskill performing nearby at Glasgow’s Riverside museum. Okay, I’m not going to pretend that I know who these cyclists are, but given the slump I’ve felt with photography recently, I made myself a promise to pop along and indulge in some crowd photography. Apparently these guys (The Clan) are Scotland’s number one stunt cycling team. I don’t care, there was a hot guy with tattoos and the sun was out. Yay.
Gary, Gary, Gary. Are you sick of seeing Gary’s face yet? ‘Cos there are still a few days left with him until he flies to the other side of the world for his 3 month tour with the Chilli Pipers. Seriously, there aren’t many people I can spend a great deal of time with, but Gary is one of them. I will miss him, but I’m sure the 3 months will pass quickly. When he returns it will be Christmas! I will almost be 25! Shit.
We’re back with the next entry in our Bax Street Blog, where we stop people in the street with an interesting style and take a picture. We ventured back into the City Centre of Glasgow, which seemed to be an especially busy day. As usual, Carolyn did the style spotting and I took the pictures. A few people have said they’d quite fancy some male fashion too. Never say never.
Yesterday I got to meet The River 68’s, thanks to one of my pals doing their photos and of course asking me along. I felt like I was walking around Glasgow with a modern Led Zeppelin — look at their hair! Seriously, really nice guys and their music is great as well. They’re playing this Saturday at Captain’s Rest in the West End.
We’re back with the next entry in our Bax Street Blog, where we stop people in the street with an interesting style and take a picture. We took to the West End of Glasgow this time, which, ultimately, wasn’t the greatest idea I’ve ever had with how quiet it was on a Tuesday lunchtime. Still, I’m always so surprised by how friendly some of the girls we stop are, even if they decline to have their picture taken.
Over the next few weeks we will be taking to Edinburgh and seeing what the fashion is like there.