Friday, 11 July 2008
A few months ago, I decided to start an "on line" shop on the advice of a web site designer.
I had no idea the amount of research it would take to get it up and running as I have hundreds of thousands of negatives going back to the late seventies and early eighties.
It has been an eye opener for me as I have been finding shots of people and places that I had totally forgotten I had photographed over the years.
A typical example would be "The Big Day" back in 1990. At that time, bands like Deacon Blue and Wet Wet Wet were starting to really hit the big time. I'm glad to see that they are still actively performing today despite all the ups and downs of life.
Sheena Easton, who had left to live in America did a gig on Glasgow Green. I remember that her appearance didn't go down well with the crowd. Bottles and other objects were launched at her during her performance and she had to be taken off the stage for her own safety. You can clearly see the fear in her eyes. I also remember being extremely embarrassed by the whole affair. She has a great voice and is a brilliant performer. She didn't deserve any of that nonsense.
Have a look at a younger Marti Pellow, Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh and last but not least, Sheena Easton.
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Fifty years ago, young Joe Thomson was working as a bellboy at Glasgow institution, Rogano's.
To celebrate, Joe came back to the restaurant, donned the tuxedo and turned back the clock to an earlier chapter in his life. Said Joe, " It was great fun working here all these years ago because all the famous people came in for a meal or drink. It is the same today, this was the place to be as it still is today'.
That's Joe with his workmates then and here he is now. Hasn't changed a bit in my opinion.
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
I was asked by Glasgow Community & Safety Services to take a photograph of their new fleet of vehicles.
The shot was set up at The People's Palace on Glasgow Green. It was then a hike up 25 meters, courtesy of Strathclyde Fire Service, in the basket of one of their appliances and what a panorama!
I have always been surprised at the completely different view of the world you can get when looking down from a height. I took the opportunity to take some skyline shots of the city and had a laugh to myself as I could clearly see my old college where I studied photography thirty two years ago about a mile away in the distance.
I also got a good look at the magnificent Doulton Fountain, which I was reliably informed, was the largest fountain made of terracotta in the world.
All in all, an extremely interesting experience.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
My pal Alastair got a new wee dog at New Year. Six months later and look what's happened. Yes, not a wee dog any more.
Now being a Golden Retriever, all she wants to do is retrieve, funny that!
Chuck a stick anywhere and off she goes. It is totally relentless. But great fun if you're a dog.