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Glasgow in Bits: the small things that make up the big city
Glasgow in Bits back street of the city

Glasgow in Bits is an on-going project where I document the often neglected aspects of architecture in and around Glasgow.  Derelict buildings, small architectural details, textures, shapes, graffiti and Glasgow’s unloved back streets will all be included.  The photographs will be varied in style and scope but will highlight the little details scattered around the city the come together to create the city as a whole.

Architecture photography from Salford Quays and Media City UK

A couple of years ago I saw this video by the excellent Craig Roberts from e6 blogs and ever since I have been eager to get down to Manchester and check out Salford Quays. Well, I finally made it!... but only for a short visit (one full day and night) so a return trip is an absolute must. 

Even if you only have a passing interest in architecture the Quays are hugely impressive.  There is a lovely mix of modern buildings and traditional structures to be admired.  The Lowry, The Imperial War Museum North, MediaCityUK, and Salford University are all just a short walk from one another.  There are also a good number of industrial structures such as bridges, locks, and renovated warehouse buildings to photograph.

A nice mix of architecture at MediaCityUK

A nice mix of architecture at MediaCityUK

With so many compositions on offer it can be difficult to know where to begin. Because my stay was so short I only really began to scratch the surface photography wise.  Sunset came and went far too quickly. When I return to the Quays in the future I will definitely ensure I get at least a couple of nights to take advantage of sunset and the blue hour in order to make the most of photography on offer.

Close up shot at the Imperial War Museum North

Close up shot at the Imperial War Museum North

Have you ever been to Salford Quays?  Would you like to visit? Do you have any shots you would like to share? Feel free to comment below.

Amazing Edinburgh photo locations: the National Museum of Scotland

I have to be honest I initially travelled through to Edinburgh to try out some street photography.  I thought the Edinburgh Festival crowds would be a great time to try something different but the vast crowds meant I could barely walk three inches without bumping into someone or being held up in an endless stream of festival goers.

I decided to avoid the crowds and visit the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.  I am glad I did, the space is fantastic and absolutely amazing for some interesting photography.

Top level of the museum. Shot at 1/160, f8, ISO 400 @ 35mm

Top level of the museum. Shot at 1/160, f8, ISO 400 @ 35mm

The image above was taken on level three of the older part of the building.  As you can see this part of the building is light, airy and in places ornate.  It lends itself perfectly to some interior architectural photography.

The shot below was taken in the modern area of the building and there are plenty of opportunities to create light, minimalist style images such as this.

The ground floor is beautifully spacious and airy: Shot at 1/125, f5.6, ISO 400 @ 35mm

The ground floor is beautifully spacious and airy: Shot at 1/125, f5.6, ISO 400 @ 35mm

Inside and out the, the museum offers ample opportunties to create a very interesting photographs.  The shot below shows the exterior of the newer style building.  The combination of line, shape, and texture provide very interesting compositions.

These are only two of the images I shot at the museum.  I intend to get back again soon, this time with a more than my 35mm lens to take the beauty of this space.  What do you think?  Have you ever visited the museum?  Do you have any shots you'd like to share?

Great Glasgow photo locations: the Glasgow Science Centre

Sunny day photography can be a bit awkward.  The harsh light and shadows can make it difficult to get any decent shots.  However, it is possible to use this light to your advantage and make some good photographs.

The Glasgow Science Centre affords some neat opportunities for sunny day photography, especially if, like me, you are a lover of all things architecture and abstract.  The steel buildings and their shapes can provide some great shots.

Domes-Glasgow-Science-Centre

Many photographers just do not go out in this type of light.  To be honest it can be a challenge.  However, with a little thought and a polariser filter – an absolute must for reducing glare and boosting colours – it is possible to make some great shots.  Architecture is especially good to photograph in these conditions provided you navigate away from the worst of the reflections.

Close up of Armadillo building, just across the river from the Science Centre. As you can see you can use the harsh sunlight to create shadows in your image.

Close up of Armadillo building, just across the river from the Science Centre. As you can see you can use the harsh sunlight to create shadows in your image.

What do you think, do you enjoy photographing harsh light or do you avoid it all costs?  Got any suggestions for other photography locations?  Get in touch.