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

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

JOSEF GAAL 175

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.

CATALIN NAGY T. 236

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.

DOUBLE BASS PLAYER 243

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

gypsy double bass player 239

 

DOUBLE BASS PLAYER2 244

Proud and with dignity

OLDER 238

Well dressed and well spoken

two best friends  240

Two friends together again after all the years they spent apart

two best friends 2 241

 

 

DOUBLE BASS PLAYER3 245

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

It’s not often that you get the chance to take such close photos as these, and especially not on a private farm in the middle of Hungary, and especially not if you’re a Scottish man.

I felt very privileged that the owner of the farm let me into to create this short photo essay, and to allow me access to all areas.

I am an animal lover so there was a great many things that I simply could not look at now and again: The killing of the animal, the gutting of the animal, and the build up to the animals’ death.  I could not take photos of these and I found it very difficult to look at.  The skills involved in butchering such a large carcass were quite amazing to watch though.

You can hopefully see in some of these photos that the butcher was very delicate and precise in his cuts and carvings, and almost like a sculptor at certain points. All the while a small farm dog watched the proceedings and every time another piece of meat was cut away and dropped to the ground, this was punctuated by him licking his whiskers and looking excited.

THE MEAT6 181

head from above 199

Spectator

skin and head 191

the hang 188

 

han ging there 205

 

sharpening 197

 

hanging 3 195

 

hanging w 193

 

start cut 192

 

hanging 2 194

 

hanging 4 196

 

larger than him 200

 

upright 204

 

close cut3 186

 

close cut2 185 almost there 203

 

deep cut2 190

 

deep cut 189

 

close cut4 187

 

down cut 201

 

the cut help 183

 

steak for all 202

 

down cut 198

 

close cut 184

 

THE MEAT 176

 

THE MEAT2 177

 

THE FINal 182

 

the butcher himself 207

 

wash off 206

 

THE MEAT4 179

 

THE MEAT3 178

 

THE MEAT5 180

 

goat kid 211

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