Category archives: Urban Photography

  • Carlisle Fringe 2016

  • Carlisle Fringe 2016 was an impressive new urban performance and street theatre platform presented and run by the talented (and extremely hardworking) team of Electric Theatre Workshop. Carlisle city centre was taken over for three days by actors, comedians, dancers and musicians offering quality st[...]
  • Road repairs - Dumfries street photography

  • John had a dental appointment in town and I tagged along for some deliberate practice in Dumfries street photography (and to check the lens after repairs). I had about 20 minutes and needed to pick one location, one subject and one story.I found my unsuspecting subjects of the day in Queensbury[...]
  • Simplifying urban photos

  • I was on a walk around the Glasgow University campus in search of interesting scenes that include white combined with another colour. The idea was to simplify the style of my urban photos. I'll never be a minimal photographer but aiming for a more laconic expression wouldn't hurt. 
  • Glasgow cityscapes and rooftops

  • After my foray into the urban aesthetics of back alleys and rubbish bins I decided to explore Glasgow cityscapes and rooftops. I was searching for the juxtaposition of 'classical' and industrial forms, textures and materials from an elevated vantage point.The Lighthouse building has two observat[...]
  • Glasgow pre-Xmas 2015 shopping rush

  • Just before Christmas I set out to photograph an urban roof cityscape series in Glasgow but was so seduced by bright colours and the whole festive atmosphere that I paused to snap a few street photos of the Glaswegians during their seasonal shopping rush.Unlike the last year I had already missed[...]
  • Trompe l'oeils of Friars Vennel

  • One sunny day in June 2014 I stood with my camera in the middle of Friars Vennel, Dumfries, staring at the row of colourfully painted houses whose façades were decorated by trompe l'oeil murals. There they were  - an illusionary Paws to Buy pet shop, Gifts and Accessories and Byre Antiques, aligned [...]
  • Urban photography in Glasgow - back alleys

  • Back alleys, reserved minimalism of exposed pipework, splashes of bright colour against the stonework and cheerful rows of rubbish bins inspired my recent exploration of urban photography in Glasgow.Wandering past a deserted back alley I was struck by the juxtaposition of waste and glamour. A co[...]
  • Crazy Golf family fun at Dock Park Dumfries

  • On a sunny afternoon, armed with a telephoto zoom not to disturb the game, I went to Dock Park to document some families playing crazy golf.Dock Park, developed at the end of the nineteenth century, epitomises the Victorian idea of green spaces in urban centres where people of all walks of life [...]
  • Lunch at The Shabby Scholar, Carlisle

  • I went to Carlysles Court to take just a couple of images for a student area guide as The Shabby Scholar, an award-winning boutique-style tapas bar that is located there, was recommended as one of the best and amiable places for students.  An urban gem situated in a cosy courtyard in the very centre[...]
  • Edinburgh street life and National Hot Dog Day

  • I have always assumed that National Hot Dog Day on 23 July is a US holiday, so a stream of articles implying that it is celebrated in the UK too that appeared in my news feed today took me by surprise. In sympathy with this great event so woefully ignored in our family I am sharing this Edinburgh st[...]
  • Under Caledonian Railway Bridge in Glasgow

  • As I photographed street art in the vicinity of the Lighthouse during my previous trip, my magpie instinct urged me to follow Glasgow city centre mural trail further - this time to visit 'The Five Faces' panels by Smug under Caledonian Railway Bridge on Clyde Street. Smug's colourful and funny artwo[...]