Every year Between Christmas and New Year I take a trip to Glasgow with my wife and daughter as it’s my wifes birthday. The weather is generally not too inclement, and it’s better than sitting around the house eating turkey, heroes and quality Street!
If you’ve never been to Glasgow it’s well worth a visit, and is big enough to have lots to do, but the centre is small enough to get around easily. In fact in many ways its too small, as taxis wont take me the short distances I need to go due to arthritis, but thats another story.
If you are used to shooting the streets in a small to medium sized city then initially it’s a bit too busy. The thing to remember is that the same principles apply to street photography anywhere. You don’t have to work as hard to find images but conversely you need to visually edit out distractions more than you do in a quieter place.
My recommendation is to pick one place and stay there, I initially did this through necessity, but found it was a good technique. Buchanan Street is very busy and a good place to start. I personally like the exits around central station as there’s a large turnover of people. The three images above were all taken near the Hope Street exit. Keep an eye out for Street art but don’t just take snaps of it, remember and look for interactions with pedestrians.
Glasgow is a great city for Street photographers, good size, busy and lots of friendly people, just don’t mention football !! The usual street rules apply, get out and make images, but don’t overthink it. As always comments and questions are welcome.
This Year I’ll continue to post ‘Journal’ entries and have started a photography tips series. If there are any specific topics you want me to cover add a comment or contact me direct.