Last week’s story about Glasgow street art continues with my black and white Glasgow street photography series.
Whenever I arrive to a new city I arm myself with a street map not to get lost and a camera – this way I do have any preconceived ideas what to photograph and follow my instinct. Only later at the culling stage I pull out a guidebook and read about what I captured. Well, it works for me…
My walk began at Glasgow Central Station where John and I arrived in the morning.
As I walked along the Central Station I stumbled upon an amazing floor-to-ceiling display of old sewing machines in the windows of All Saints Spitalfields shop. The regular rows of the obsolete machinery were captivating.
Pressing on to Royal Exchange Square at the back of the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art I saw some bicycles advertising Records and Dancing night club.
At Queen Street entrance of the GOMA I snapped an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington wearing a traffic cone. I thought it was an act of vandalism or anti-British protest but later found out that capping the poor Wellington witha traffic cone is an ongoing traditional practice from the first half of the 1980s if not earlier claimed to represent the Glasgow specific humour. All attempts of the city council and police to stop it fail.
Looking for leading lines, reflections and textures – and finding a word of wisdom curiously etched on a bamboo bar: ‘What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become’. How true!