Do you know that Glasgow University Flagpole is an official tourist attraction and has its own Yelp reviews page and a Facebook page?

I decided to visit the observation terrace under the flagpost, popular with tourists,  photographers and filmmakers. Someone promised me spectacular elevated vistas onto the landmark Kelvingrove Park and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the city of Glasgow.

Although there was a promise of sunshine earlier, it rapidly grew quite overcast – not the perfect light for cityscapes but nice enough for urban visual stories of people and dogs.

I noticed a little group of Glaswegians, two men in conversation about web software design and a young girl playing with her collie dog. “The good old girl”, she said.

Despite her age, the dog was very keen on fetching the ball and persistently carried it up the steep hill to the flagpole, again and again. She seemed to enjoy herself so much!

My heart melted. I decided to linger on to photograph this little interaction scene while exploring  some figure/urban landmark composition variations and symmetries.

A view onto Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Kelvingrove Park from Glasgow University flagpole
A view onto Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Kelvingrove Park from Glasgow University flagpole
Collie dog, Kelvingrove Park behind her
Collie dog, Kelvingrove Park behind her
Throwing a ball to a collie
Throwing a ball to a collie
Collie carrying a blue ball
Very persistent!
A group of Glaswegians resting under Glasgow University flagpole
A group of Glaswegians resting under Glasgow University flagpole
Girl playing with her old collie dog under Glasgow University flagpole
Girl playing with her old collie dog under Glasgow University flagpole
Girl taking a photo of her dog with a smartphone
Smartphone photography mode
Street photography - Glasgow University flagpole viewing terrace
University flagpole symmetries

 

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