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Merchant City Music Festival

Once a year you can find the Merchant City music festival happening in, well, the Merchant City of Glasgow. Stalls with foods from all around the world, several stages with music and drama acts, but most importantly a crowd of adverse people good for photographing. The good looking guy riding the bike, the woman dressed as a fish, the cute kid skipping past the camera, the couple having a moment, the father and son walking home with a new video game, the recluse taking time out to listen to music in the last remaining spot of sunshine, blah blah.

 
 

Glasgow

My plans fell through last night fairly last minute. Not to worry, I thought, it’s Glasgow and there’s always something to do. Right enough I got a text from one of the guys I longboard with, reminding me his band is playing at the Merchant City Festival, and an hour later I was sitting in a beer garden with one of my oldest and best friends who is visiting from Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives. This was the view from the house party I ended up at.

 
 

The King Hats

I went to high school with these guys and even played in a band with one of them, so when they asked if I’d take photos of them at their next rehearsal I happily obliged. Unfortunately the bulb had burst and all I had as a source of light were some fairy lights. Sometimes it’s nice to shoot at ISO 6,400 and have some noisy, black and white shots, but I found they didn’t turn out great with having to have a reasonable shutter speed to capture the band when playing. Ach well, practice, practice, practice.

 
 

Debora Buckie

This was the first shoot I’ve ever done in the city, or in any streets for that matter, and I loved it. Perhaps not surprisingly with a model as gorgeous as Debora dressed in a bold, red dress, we garnered a lot of attention. From cars driving past multiple times so they could catch a glimpse, to men approaching and asking for their photograph to be taken on their mobile phones. Pretty crazy, but I definitely want to use the streets of Glasgow as a backdrop again fo’ sho.

 
 

Vintage Sundays

Shopping. Admittedly I haven’t done much of it since moving to Glasgow, just because finances are more demanding in the city, but I’ve been working really hard lately (6 or 7 days every day for the past month) and fancied a spending spree. In particular we decided to hit the vintage shops in the West End for a bit of a different experience, something neither of us had done before. However, my big aim today was to buy a longboard, but despite wandering around for hours we couldn’t find any skate shops open. First thing tomorrow I’ma hit up Boardwise!

 
 

Greek Salad

Oh, I do love my life in Glasgow, and one of those (trivial) things that makes me love it is having a deli on my doorstep. Fresh fruit and veg makes me happy, as does this wee tub of greek salad I treated myself to today.

 
 

Pretty Things: Maps

When @rougebert tweeted about a wee gem of a map he’d just bought, I had to check it out. After all, having not long moved to Glasgow and with an apparently growing interest in maps, it sounded like something I could benefit from. Turns out there were other maps too, and I ended up buying “How To Find Old New York” and “It’s Nice To Be Alone In Paris”. Funnily enough, Paris has been on my mind a lot lately. As mentioned in my last post, I’m eager to take a break somewhere in Europe, and with Paris being a city I’ve never visited as an adult as well as being so close to Britain, it’s likely to happen at some point soon.

 
 

West End Festival

Unbeknownst to me, today was the West End festival held in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park. I had arranged to meet my friend there to walk our dogs, but it turned out to be a bit of a nightmare for dog walking because of how busy it was. On the other hand, I had struck gold with my camera as I love nothing more than being unleashed upon an unsuspecting crowd with my 135mm. With that said, I didn’t get to do much ninja snapping with a dog as demanding as mine, but it looks like the festival returns to Kelvingrove Park later in the month with cinema screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Amazing!

 
 

Friday Night Glow

It was the first peep of sun we’d had in a month or so, or at least it felt that way. This could only mean one thing; a Friday night sesh on the terrace. There’s something really beautiful about the golden light the sun casts as it sets, and it always always always urges me to get my camera out. Always. Fortunately for me, my friends know that having a camera in their face is a given when you hang with me.

I also made a golden hour montage, which I uploaded to Flickr.

 
 

Yo! Sushi

I had a really enjoyable lunch at Yo! Sushi the other day. As much as I like that place, I usually find it too busy and polluted with noise, but we seemed to find a reasonable time to eat (just after 1pm on a Monday). I think I’m borderline addicted to sushi, though there could be worse foods to crave I guess. Anyway, the format of Yo! Sushi suits my appetite; I like the small dishes you can choose as you please and pick at. I wasn’t overly impressed with the pancakes though. Oh, and the lighting is awful for photos!

 
 
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