Albania a few months back

Deep in the forest in Albania, close to monuments of bygone ages, there lay two peoples sleeping and their dog watching over them keeping guard.  All close to a beautiful geyser. A strange and sometimes hostile country that still has lots of charm.

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A family home quite a bit out in the sticks. Not really a home, more of a shanty house
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Another ‘home’
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A very friendly woman talks to me and poses for a portrait
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Close to some of the Byzantine ruins there are security. They are friendly 
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A fellow walker from Germany 
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They made me food and they made me laugh

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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Market traders, Glasgow artists, hipster preachers and gentle onlookers

The Barras Market in Glasgow.

This man used to be a trader who was at Paddy’s market for many decades.

He believes that the fate of The Barras will be the same as that of Paddy’s Market.

A polite and intelligent man.

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Glasgow artist Craig Mulholland having a fly cigarette on Sauchiehall Street



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This rotting apple reminded me of Dali’s Un Chien Andalou. The ants were all over the thing until I got the chance to take a photo and then typically they all fled and left and only a few remained.

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 A man on a fag and tracksuit trouser health kick in Glasgow.

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A retired teacher and painter stands directly in the sun but shadows his eyes.

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On Great Western Road a young 50’s styled hipster takes her K9 for a walk.

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A very cool geezer.

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Another very c0ol geezer.

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Hats and beards

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Live newscasts from Glasgow to the greater worlds are almost daily now.

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A solitary child sits on Buchanan Street watching a busker playing some more.

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A troubled looking man who’s maybe had one too many Sunday pints.

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A hipster preacher tells us how it is in the kingdom of god.

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A Chinese man looks on as the hipster preacher tries to grab some Glasgow shoppers attention

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A torn Scottish flag waves in the wind as two ladies quickly turn their backs to me.

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This elderly gent is enjoying a smoke in the sun. Shame about the burn in on the mans hair.

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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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Two of Hungary’s great artists and art historians

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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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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

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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.

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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

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

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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 

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Sleep by day

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A stern faced nun chats with an elegant senior citizen

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Time for another snooze

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and again

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on the move with all his worldly goods

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

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A phone call home?

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Making a home at an abandoned building

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A not so flattering self portrait

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

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

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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

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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

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Many dogs look like their owners in Budapest

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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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