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
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.
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
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.