Friday, November 9, 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

I've posted photos of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London before but it's one of my favourites.  Commemorating the crews of RAF Bomber Command who embarked on missions during the Second World War. The memorial, located on Piccadilly near Hyde Park Corner, was built to mark the sacrifice of 55,573 aircrew from Britain, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Poland and other countries of the Commonwealth, as well as civilians of all nations killed during raids.
Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the memorial on 28 June 2012, the year of her Diamond Jubilee.  As the memorial was unveiled an Avro Lancaster Bomber flew over dropping poppy petals over Green Park.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Glasgow Contrasts

Glasgow, Like most of the worlds older cities, has no shortage of reminders from days gone by.  Where vacant lots abut existing buildings one sees lost of walls that look like this with overlaying textures and geometric forms.  To my eye, these photos almost always look better in black and white.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Glasgow Back Streets

Since I missed last weeks post this week you're getting two photos - albeit of the same scene but photographed two ways.  Both photos were taken in a small side street near Kelvingrove in Glasgow.  Several artisans has shops in this small area and somebody had abandoned this ancient Citroen 2CV nearby.  The black and white photo was taken with the iPhone Hipstamatic and the colour version was taken with my Canon G1x.  It's up to you to decide which version you like better.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Glasgow Details


Not much to say about this detail photo taken in Glasgow; it's just a mailbox after all.  But I like it.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Glasgow Riverside Transport Museum

The Glasgow Riverside Transport Museum opened in 2011.  Designed by the late
Zaha Hadid, the building itself is quite nice but it's received some criticism as a a museum. For instance, many of the vehicles on display are on shelves that extend 3 or 4 stories making the vehicles impossible to look at up close.  Still, a great way to spend a few hours, followed by a look around the tall shop 'Glenlee' anchored on the Clyde nearby.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Glasgow Mural Trail

A few years ago the City of Glasgow developed a programme that allowed artists to create large works of art on walls that were unappealing and gloomy and often in areas where the overall appearance was a bit tired and dull.  Some of the works are permanent and others are temporary.  There are many of them and there`s a suggested walking route to see them all.  You can learn more at:
https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/citycentremurals

Friday, September 21, 2018

Glasgow Revisited

I first visited Glasgow in the spring of 1977; 41 years plus.  I've been to Scotland many times but I've never spent a whole lot of time in Glasgow.

This is Glasgow Cathedral photographed from the slopes of the Necropolis to the east. It was dedicated in 1136 and looks, part from having been cleaned, pretty much as I remember it in 1977.

Wikipedia has this to say about this historic building:

'The title cathedral is honorific and historic, dating from the period before the Scottish Reformation and its former status as the Roman Catholic mother church of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and thus the cathedra of the Archbishop of Glasgow (which is now in St. Andrew's Cathedral, the present mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow). The current congregation is part of the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Glasgow. Glasgow Cathedral is located north of High Street and east of Cathedral Street, beside the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.