Glasgow. A few photographs.
Spent a day and two bits in Glasgow last week. The main purpose of our visit was 1) to see daughter’s new flat, 2) to celebrate her birthday and 3) to buy her some pots and pans. Well I took part in the first two of these activities but opted to spend some of the day wandering round the city, camera at the ready.
I had no plan, no map and very little knowledge of the city. So these views are random, unplanned and may offer a distorted view of the city. Some themes did emerge however…
Defining space: motorways.
The motorway appears to play a significant role in defining and dividing the city space.
This area feels like a frontier zone, dividing old and new, shabby and bright, untidy and clean.
Here the motorway assumes the role of a river; something to be crossed and bridged, a current of noise. Ironic really as the city seems to have distanced itself from its river, no longer the source of wealth and commerce.
Motorways also create empty spaces, especially raised motorways. It is as if no one quite knows what to do with this space-
Work in Progress or abandoned space?
It is not just motorways that create empty spaces, undefined, abandoned-
There was a sign on this site which said the site was available for mixed development, but the words were overwritten. So no development, mixed or otherwise. I have to say I like these untidy spaces with signs of nature reclaiming the space available…
Buildings jostle for space-
the hotel appears to surround the older building.
Here, a new office block appears to be nudging the 19th century Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrews out of the way:
though to be fair, the Cathedral has, quietly, taken over some space on the other side to create a reflective,memorial space:
Here on the other hand, a church-like structure has been absorbed by an apartment block. Was it ever a church?
There are different ways to occupy and protect spaces. #occupy took over this space but were evicted:
So, instead of being used, this space has been locked, defended, preserved and subsequently unused.
And another garden, defensive, locked off-
There are plenty of cranes in Glasgow right now….
suggesting further changes to the skyline in years to come. There is already a bewildering clash and confusion of styles; bold statements suggesting self confidence and pride:
In between these buildings, functional spaces, not pretty, but needed. The connection between the inside and outside worlds:
Other buildings are less proud, their empty windows a facade, no longer reflecting pride:
Night defining space.
Nightfall can make seem benign spaces seem threatening. And vice versa. Night also allows the use of light to transform a space,
and highlight buildings,
Nothing startling, nothing new. But a view, a city framed, but spilling and spewing outside of the frame, occupying its own space.