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 the “official” Xmas market that closed on 20 December. Nevertheless, Sloans market was still open attracting flocks of last minute shoppers with gifts and souvenirs. Street sellers entertained passers-by with funny balloon figures. Guys carried shopping bags and pugs. Red accents ruled the streets that day. Even some security guards donned red scarves.

I loved the street lights in the city centre that switched on dusk and only wished I had a little bit more time for street photography in Glasgow!

Family at the entrance of Sloans Christmas market

Family at the entrance of Sloans Christmas market

A girl seasonal offerings at the street stalls

Browsing seasonal offerings at the street stalls

Street photography in Glasgow - a man carrying a pug

Street photography in Glasgow - a man carrying a pug

Street balloon maker chats with a waiting customer

Street balloon maker chats with a waiting customer

A young Glaswegian carrying his Xmas shopping Santa style

Carrying Xmas shopping Santa style

A red-scarved usher at the entrance of the Argyle Arcade

A festive red-scarved usher at the entrance of the Argyle Arcade

Xmas shopping break - a girl with a shopping bag stops to lights a sigarette

Smoke shopping break

Festive lights switch on at dusk on the streets of Glasgow

Festive lights switch on at dusk on the streets of Glasgow