Glasgow, 1980

Currently shooting in Glasgow. These images by Raymond Depardon, from Magnum, have been a great insight into that time. The tower blocks are all gone now, including Norfolk Court*, that was blown up last time I was in Glasgow, last year. The shipbuilding industry, from being the world’s industrial centre, is decimated. There is still shipbuilding, but nowhere near the scale of the time. Part of Glasgow’s fabric is gone forever. The photos are bleak, but at times humorous. I don’t know what the brief was, but clearly it’s not to capture a wide social diaspora. They show social hardship, …

Rainy day, Glasgow May 2016

Waiting for a bus, Glasgow

Woman waiting for a bus, Glasgow May 2016. To be fair, this is not typical. The weather has been stupendous, hot, sunny, really nice. This was a a heavy shower, but it didn’t last long. They say of Scottish weather, if you don’t like it, don’t worry, it’ll change in …

Jacobean Corsetry

Jacobean Corsetry

A tight squeeze In Virginia Street, Glasgow – a lightly off the beaten track back street, there is a beautiful shop signage of a Corset makers – Jacobean Corsetry. This is what I love about Glasgow, you turn your head and look down a side alley between the grand old …

Grafton Place

High rise – done right. Something to be said for Glasgow and that is that there is generally a sensitivity and respect for the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian grandiose civic buildings and churches that dominate the city. Much of the more modern architecture is extremely complimentary to the older buildings …

Goal posts up a hill

Goal

This is the bleakest football pitch I have ever seen. You have to be Sherpa Tensing to get up the hill towards the goal. You finally make it up near the penalty box. The air is thin, your legs are like jelly and shaking from sheer exhaustion as you give …

Homemade football at Norfolk Court, Gorbals, Glasgow

Norfolk Court, Gorbals, Glasgow

Norfolk Court, Glasgow is due to be demolished and the final ‘safe’ day near the building is this week. The Gorbals is/was a notorious area of Glasgow. During the industrial revolution, many people came to the area from the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and also Italy. The industrial era area became …