Glasgow, Scotland – Part 2
Last week, Penny (my other half) and I spent seven super days in freezing, cloudy, snowy and wet Scotland! If you follow my blog you will already know that Glasgow is my home city and that I like to return there from time to time to ‘touch base’ and to see what changes have taken place since my previous visits. Cities are very ‘fluid’ and change constantly and I like to ‘update my cranial map’ from time to time, to see what is still there, what has gone, and where the ‘old and new’ have been merged together to form new environments!
Last week’s visit was specifically to see a new iconic building that has been erected on derelict dockland, and we were not to be disappointed! The building is stunning both inside and out and fits well with the other ‘new’ buildings that have replaced redundant shipyards or dockyards in recent years! The building now houses the Glasgow Riverside Transport Museum which has been relocated from the Kelvin Hall.
This particular day was horrible weather wise, with a ‘nothing’ grey sky, which would have been washed out in colour photographs! So I chose to shoot in B/W, using a red filter to try to bring out any possible sky detail! Now, as you all know, I usually shoot in colour, so this is a new venture for me! I very much like B/W industrial, architecture and street photography but have never tried it for myself! All comments, criticisms and hints are welcome so that I can improve my B/W shooting!
So here are five of my new B/W images of Glasgow! I have tried to take photographs that show ‘change in progress’! I hope that you find them interesting:
This photograph is an example of the ‘mix’ that is Glasgow Docklands at the moment! In it you can see new and old buildings standing together and a mystery site in the foreground ready to be developed! The cranes in the distance are an indication of further building work nearer to the city centre!
The Science Museum is designed to represent the hull of a boat lying on its side, and the Observation Tower represents a mast and sail. At one time, sailing ships lined the River Clyde in Glasgow, and my great grandfather was Captain of one of the vessels on the ‘clipper run’ between Glasgow and the Far East. His name was Captain Ebenezer Galt, which I think is a very fitting name for a sailing ship captain! In the foreground you can see one of the last surviving Paddle Steamers, the ‘Waverley’! This ship used to run between Glasgow and the towns around the Firth of Clyde, but now she travels around the country and abroad, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to sail on her. I remember taking a trip on the Waverley when I was a very young lad of 5 or 6 years of age, going to visit an aunt who lived in Hunter’s Quay, which lies next to the town of Dunoon! If you are interested, you can find these places on Google Earth!
This photograph is looking to the west, away from the city centre and out towards the areas of Partick and Clydebank. The famous John Brown’s Shipyard was located in Clydebank and I watched the QEII being built there in the early 1960s, when Glasgow was still world famous for shipbuilding! In fact, I was brought up in a tenement flat just behind the new blocks of flats. In the high resolution version of this photograph I can see the roof of my Primary School building just in front of the last block of high rise flats on the right of the photograph! You can see that many of the redundant and demolished dockyards have been replaced by new housing blocks, with much derelict dockland still waiting for development!
Much of the new building along the River Clyde has been designed to make a statement about Glasgow’s Maritime Heritage and this building is no exception, with it’s jagged wave formations at the front and rear entrances, and the flowing curves of the general building design giving an impression of rolling wave formations!
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