Monday, 29 June 2009
I looked out at what I thought was a cloudy morning on Saturday.
On further inspection, I realised it was a huge smoke plume which stretched for miles and was thousands of feet high.
It turned out to be at a scrapyard on the other side of the river Clyde at Renfrew which had been alight since just after midnight. It burned ferociously all day.
I would like to know what could cause so much pollution.
Now I am no artist and have never claimed to be.
I think that one of the beauties of photography (photos without any digital interference) is that they capture exactly, moments and incidents in time accurately with little or no argument attached.
On display at the Tramway I saw these two exhibits. Both were part of the Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art Postgraduate Course 2009. One is a stuffed crow with a rod attached to what looked like a plastic heart and the other is yes, a piece of orange peel.
I'm sorry, I don't get it.
Byres Road is a great place to see all manner of things.
Recently, I spotted this old customised BMW 2002. I remember them well as a good friend of mine had a "Targa" version when I was in my late teens.
It is hard to believe that the model first came on show in 1969.
Where are all the years going?
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Last weekend was great.
I went for a drive to Loch Ard onto Loch Arklet and finished off at Loch Katrine.
There are lots of quaint tea rooms and views en route.
It is often said that if we got weather like that for the summer months the whole dynamic of Scotland would change.
Maybe...... but would it get rid of the Midges?
The scenery is hard to beat.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Back in December 2007 I was taking photographs on the Isle of Bute, of the islands re cycling operation. I was to hook up with Tony Edwards who was in charge.
Well, last weekend I was doing some publicity shots for Comrie Croft who have fantastic Swedish Katas for hire. Complete with wood burning stoves, this means you can camp out all year round.
When I arrived at one of them secreted away at the top of the wood I asked the family within if they would like to help me out by way of "modeling". After a bit of that "I recognise you from somewhere" chat, I was astonished to find it was Tony again.
Now, what are the odds of that happening ? He was telling me that since meeting him last, he is now working as a consultant with agencies around Scotland in the re cycling field.
Here he is back in December 2007 on a freezing cold day in re cycling mode on Bute and with his son Keir outside their Kata.
If you are looking for a weekend away from it all with all types of accomodation on hand check out the Comrie Croft web site.
It is a beautiful part of Scotland.
Monday, 8 June 2009
It is hard to believe that the original Star Trek series goes back 40 years.
I remember a science teacher at school being very impressed with the concept at the time. He was convinced that similar events were inevitable in the future.
I was once asked at a camera club talk to describe the technological advances in photography since starting as a professional till the present day. My answer then was
"It has been like going from Morris Minor, to the Starship Enterprise". With all the latest advances in digital imaging, you would have been certified quite mad had you tried to predict it all thirty three years ago.
For all you Trekkies, go and see it, it is spectacular.