26°C in Glasgow, no colour

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.

 

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long tall old

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Two of Hungary’s great artists and art historians

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

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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.

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A few little dogs of Budapest in B+W-15mm

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.

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The little guy above would not come anywhere near me

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This is another dog who is a Mongolian breed

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The friendly Romani of Hungary

Musicians

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.

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Josef showing me pictures of gigs that he’s done in a few different parts of the world

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DOUBLE BASS PLAYER2 244

Proud and with dignity

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Well dressed and well spoken

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Two friends together again after all the years they spent apart

two best friends 2 241

 

 

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VAGABONDS

 

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.

comparing mushrooms 209

Freshly picked

mushroom pickers 208

Mushroom chat

mushroom pickers in country 210

People of Budapest in and around Budapest and me being a pest

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.

  tram snooze 225

Two of the more colourful characters of Budapest

TWO OF THEM 173

tram arm 226

Many folk sleep by day and are active by night

totally sleeping 215

Some folk there can be truly rude but have a sobering effect upon you

THE FINGER 172

In the financial district a man takes a photo of what might be his next watch purchase

that one  222

I got loads of photos of this older lady giving a younger man instruction on how to wash windows 

teaching her 231

Sleep by day

street sleep 228

A stern faced nun chats with an elegant senior citizen

mother theresa 223

Time for another snooze

nearly sleeping  214

and again

nowhere to sleep 216

on the move with all his worldly goods

off to find a bed 217

a man who stared at me while I walked by him at speed

OLDER 238

A phone call home?

phonebox 212

Making a home at an abandoned building

place hang 229

A not so flattering self portrait

SELF 237

A very cool young boy with the most amazing colours of skin and hair

most amazing kid 213

The colours of this phone box echoed in a woman on the other side of it

matching colours 219

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

looking at me 221

Liverpudlian man who went to school with John Lennon and remained friends with him up until his death in 1980

john pennons friend 233

A portrait of a young man on Kiraly Utca

HOSTEL GUY 171

Many dogs look like their owners in Budapest

alike 218

Spanners and side streets

below 220

Taking a break

break 224

Down the rabbit hole

down there  234

Further down the rabbit hole

down there 2 235

A portrait of a young stylish woman

girl with cig 230

A cooler than cool guy

hair  227

Heartbreak as Glasgow’s famous art school goes up in flames

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.

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Magician/Comedian/Entertainer

Think differently

  I think Glasgow needs more folk like this colourful young guy.  What a place it would be if we did have.

Magician/Comedian/Entertainer

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.

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Mix of old and new photos from a few places

Arfo Caribbean arts centre Glasgow

ARFO CARIBEAN ARTS CENTRE

Tram in Bratislava

bratislava TRAM

Buchanan Street Glasgow

Buchanan street

Tram Budapest

BUDAPEST TRAM STARE

Feet Vienna

feet in vienna

Indian Men West End Glasgow

INDIAN MAN WEST END

Man with Dog Byres Road

MAN AND DOG

Reflections on European train journey

moving reflection

New clothes Glasgow

NEW CLOTHE SIN BAGS

Niki Front room on a rainy day

NIKI FLAT

Rural child Hungary

RURAL HUNGARIAN CHILD

Rural child Hungary

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London airport Stair

STAIRS

The Aberdonian Early Morning Glasgow Walker and Drinker-REVISITED

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.

early morning drinker