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 observation platforms and I used them to get an unobstructed perspective onto the city centre vistas.

There was something spell-binding about looking at the mass of satellite dishes and the giant boxes of extraction systems compared with the ant-sized people walking below. The barrenness of a rooftop car park grid was interrupted by a family loading car boot.

My viewfinder caught the jagged roof profiles against the sky and the loneliness of a whimsical Victorian tower amidst modern-looking structures.

The gloomy winter light was rapidly waning. It was time for me to leave for my Dumfries train…

Glasgow cityscape
Glasgow cityscape
The 'classical' side of Glasgow cityscape
The ‘classical’ side of Glasgow cityscape
The jagged profile of Glasgow roofs
The jagged profile of Glasgow roofs
Whimsical tower
Whimsical tower

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The scale contrast - satellite dishes and passers-by
The scale contrast – satellite dishes and passers-by
Life on the roof - the human element
Life on the roof – the human element
Looking down at the side lanes
Looking down at the side lanes
Sharp rooftop angles
Sharp rooftop angles
My neighbours at the Lighthouse observation platform
My neighbours at the Lighthouse observation platform

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