Given that Scotland usually has constantly bad weather, it is unusual for the temperature to rise to 26°C in Glasgow. People change when this happens and they usually become slightly happier. It’s good to see this and because I carry a camera with me everywhere i go, well, it gives me the opportunity to capture some of it.
JOSEF GAAL-A STROLL THROUGH BUDAPEST AND A CHAT
My partner and friend introduced me to Josef’s sculptures and paintings and installations,
His work is contemporary and is powerful when it’s right in front of you.
Known the world over, he’s very
KATALIN NAGY-ART HISTORIAN
My partner took me to lunch with Katalin. Many years back she was my partners tutor and she came and gifted us with her 3 latest books. Her work is just fascinating and beyond beautiful. Katalin is one of Hungary’s most respected historians.
I rarely use such a wide lens but I do still have a 15MM ultra that I occasionally place on my rangefinder Leica.
I shoot almost everything in B+W as the FF sensor seems to give horrid looking colour switching at the edges. The vignetting is completely natural on all these shots.
The little guy above would not come anywhere near me
This is another dog who is a Mongolian breed
Of all the people I’ve taken photos of in and around Hungary, the Roma are by far the most friendly. The first two friends in these photos are both musicians and they are both very proud and articulate men. On an afternoon when the sun was very warm, they were both enjoying a nice cold beer and a talk. The district I shot these photos in is considered by many to be a ghetto. I’ll be honest here and say that this area of Budapest appeals more to me in terms of its variety of colourful characters than that of the main downtown districts. The people here seem to be more real and have a true community spirit, and they could not be more friendly to strangers. I can’t say the same applies for some of the more upmarket areas in Budapest, as quite often people there seem to be more fearful looking and a hell of a lot more distant and self absorbed.
Josef showing me pictures of gigs that he’s done in a few different parts of the world
Proud and with dignity
Well dressed and well spoken
Two friends together again after all the years they spent apart
The two men below are both mushroom pickers and considered to be vagabonds. I encountered them in rural Hungary in a massive woodland area that resembled something out of The Lord Of The Rings. With the light not being so great and not having anything but natural light, I only ended up with a few shots.
I spend lots of time walking around different areas of Budapest, sometimes 3/4 times a year. I’m not brave enough to get some of the photos that I truly want to take, and this is purely because it can be a hassle for people when they are on the end of a lens but do not want to be. These are just a few of the 1000 images I’ve taken recently on the streets of Budapest.
Two of the more colourful characters of Budapest
Many folk sleep by day and are active by night
Some folk there can be truly rude but have a sobering effect upon you
In the financial district a man takes a photo of what might be his next watch purchase
I got loads of photos of this older lady giving a younger man instruction on how to wash windows
Sleep by day
A stern faced nun chats with an elegant senior citizen
Time for another snooze
on the move with all his worldly goods
a man who stared at me while I walked by him at speed
A phone call home?
Making a home at an abandoned building
A not so flattering self portrait
A very cool young boy with the most amazing colours of skin and hair
The colours of this phone box echoed in a woman on the other side of it
If you look at the full high-res image here you’ll see that the woman on the bottom is actually giving me a not so friendly look
Liverpudlian man who went to school with John Lennon and remained friends with him up until his death in 1980
A portrait of a young man on Kiraly Utca
Many dogs look like their owners in Budapest
Spanners and side streets
Taking a break
Down the rabbit hole
Further down the rabbit hole
A portrait of a young stylish woman
A cooler than cool guy
Years worth of work goes up in flames for some students as their art school catches fire.
One of Glasgow’s most architecturally beautiful schools goes up in flames and the city stops to watch it burn hoping that firefighters can extinguish and save the building. Unfortunately the library, one of the schools most loved and beautiful areas, was badly damaged in the fire.
I think Glasgow needs more folk like this colourful young guy. What a place it would be if we did have.
Standing out from the crowd of garish pinks and standard issue high street clothes.
Thinking a little differently from the typical herded individuals that make up many of the folk in Glasgow.
Arfo Caribbean arts centre Glasgow
Tram in Bratislava
Buchanan Street Glasgow
Indian Men West End Glasgow
Man with Dog Byres Road
Reflections on European train journey
New clothes Glasgow
Niki Front room on a rainy day
Rural child Hungary
Rural child Hungary
London airport Stair
I’ve met this wee man so so many times and I always stop and talk to him. He is a chronic alcoholic but he is also a very articulate and a very insightful man who has some of the most amazing stories to tell. At the Celtic Connections a couple of years back I met him outside the Festival Club and I invited him in, and to the astonishment of the whole room, he sang three beautiful sea shanties. This photo is nearly two years old now but I’ve placed it back on here after bumping into him again over the past few days.