It was dark(ish) and damp as if the sky couldn’t decide between drizzle and light rain so it intermittently served both. I picked up my most weather sealed camera with a conservative 35mm prime for this Glasgow street photography walk and was resolved to keep taking photos in spite of the elements.
I was rather inspired by this piece of guidance:
[su_quote cite=”John Gravett” url=”https://www.ephotozine.com/article/bad-weather-photography-tips-20361″]I suppose my first bit of advice on bad weather photography will always be: There is no such thing as bad weather – only different types of lighting. 90% of photography is in the mind, and if you set out with the view “it’s so dull, I won’t get any good pictures” then that’s a guarantee – you really won’t.[/su_quote]
Indeed, in the end I stopped shivering and started to enjoy the glistening pavement tones on Hutcheson Street in Merchant City. The rain rendered all colours deep and saturated and the geometric shapes of the nearby car park appeared almost abstract.
A multi-story building in process of demolition caught my attention. It towered over the pressed wood construction fence as a wounded animal, the outer walls knocked down revealing pale pastel guts.
I noticed a small family group stop ahead of me. The father, obviously a fellow Glasgow street photographer, was climbing on top of one of those grey utility boxes you see in urban streets. It was quite slippery but he was determined to get a better viewpoint at the building wreck.
So the guy took photos of the dismantled structure as his son and two dogs, completely nonplussed, waited patiently in the drizzle. And I took photos of the photographer, his son and the dogs, thinking about ALL of them: “That’s dedication to street photography!”
I wonder what they thought of me…