Glasgow on the launch of the Commonwealth Games

Glasgow proudly hosts the Commonwealth Games and temperature is just perfect for it. It’s rare that you’ll see so many happy faces but on this day there were so many I couldn’t capture enough of them.  Better than taking generic photos of athletes I thought it made sense to show how vibrant and happy the city was in  a few photos

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Two of Hungary’s great artists and art historians


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



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.


The friendly Romani of Hungary


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

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Proud and with dignity


Well dressed and well spoken

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Two friends together again after all the years they spent apart

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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.

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Freshly picked

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Mushroom chat

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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.

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Two of the more colourful characters of Budapest


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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


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

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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

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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


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

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A portrait of a young man on Kiraly Utca


Many dogs look like their owners in Budapest

alike 218

Spanners and side streets

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Taking a break

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Down the rabbit hole

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Further down the rabbit hole

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A portrait of a young stylish woman

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A cooler than cool guy

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