It’s been a while since I shared any of my work in black and white as my photographic vision seems to be dominated by colour. Yet somehow I felt that this Clydeside walk urban photography series needs to be in monochrome, to cleanse my palate away from my usual portrait and events subject matter.

The photo walk along the river Clyde was part of one camera one lens challenge. It WAS a challenge as I constantly switch my lenses (now that I own remarkably easy to use Eyelead sensor cleaning kit) or use two camera bodies. I had only the 35mm lens with me and was forced to interpret and simplify the scenes in front of me within the limitations of this focal length.

As I was definitely in the mood for monochrome, I looked for dramatic contrast, like the image with the the cyclist figure on the lit part of the pavement outside St Andres Cathedral facing the dark shadow.

I found some humour in observing the little boy approached in mid air by the pigeon begging for food.

The textures and leading lines formed by shadows of the fences of the riverside promenade under the late afternoon sun fascinated me, as in the photo of the abandoned shopping trolley at the end of my walk.

As always, I favoured strong repetitive geometries of the stairs and the play of the scale between the tiny human figure and the dominating urban built structures.

I also revisited some of the places I once photographed in colour – the carved pillars of the disused Victorian bridge, and the arches and the nearby area of the “new” Caledonian Bridge leading to Glasgow Central Station.

Car repairs window next to Caledonian Bridge
Car repairs window next to Caledonian Bridge
Moving car passing under Caledonian Bridge
Moving car passing under Caledonian Bridge
Two men in conversation on Clydeside walk
Conversation
The etched granite pillars of the disused Victorian bridge
The etched granite pillars of the disused Victorian bridge
Glasgow suspension bridge over the river Clyde
Glasgow suspension bridge over the river Clyde
Horse police patrol on the Clydeside promenade
Horse police patrol on the Clydeside promenade
Cyclist outside St Andrews Cathedral
Cyclist outside St Andrews Cathedral
People seating in the sun on the steps leading to Clydeside walk
Tiny figures of people seating in the sun on the steps leading to Clydeside walk
Woman in sun glasses raising her head to the sun - love the geometries
Woman in sun glasses raising her head to the sun – love the geometries
Mother and sun looking at the brave pigeon begging treats near the river Clyde in Glasgow city centre
Mother and sun looking at the brave pigeon begging treats near the river Clyde in Glasgow city centre
Seagulls fighting for scraps
Seagulls fighting for scraps
Private mooring station?
Private mooring station?
Abandoned shopping trolley
Abandoned shopping trolley

 

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