A couple of weeks ago I posted a double exposure shot of some rhodedendron in Rosshall Park, and wanted to share another double exposure shot today.
This one is a bit different – definite ‘goth’ vibe about it I think… My 14 year old mosher self would have loved this, I’m sure.
I put this image together from a shot of the front door in the disused cottage that sits next to one of the gates into Rosshall, overlayed with some bluebells that I came across while wandering about.
Sadly, the soup I tried to make from some wild garlic I picked in the park that day didn’t turn out so well!
The Snapseed app, which is a fantastic photo editing app for smart phones, has a new double exposure feature that I thought I’d have a play about with – and was very impressed with the results!
I combined two photos I took in Rosshall Park, Glasgow (a beautiful Park – if you live in Glasgow but haven’t been I reccomended checking it out). The background is of the lilley pond in the park, and I overlayed an image of a rhododendron taken on the same day. I think it looks pretty cool! What do you think?
Kelvingrove museum is one of my favourite places in Glasgow. It’s always worth a visit if you’re in the area, even if just for a few minutes to grab a coffee and soak up the stunning architecture around you. I had no idea, but apparently the museum building is based on Italian palaces in the Italian baroque style, which I see now that its been pointed out. I also wasn’t aware (thanks Wikipedia) that Kelvingrove is the second most visited museum in the UK outside London and the most visited attraction in Scotland. And no wonder! the place is beautiful and the exhibits are amazing.
One of the things I love the most about Kelvingrove, like many of the museums and galleries in Scotland, is that it is free to the public. This isn’t because of the generosity of some rich collection owner, but because all the art in Kelvingrove is owned by and on behalf of the people of Glasgow. That’s right – if you live in Glasgow you own that art, so go and enjoy it! (if you’re that way inclined). I’m as working class as they come, but after learning about my joint-owned art collection I took a day out to admire the paintings.
I’m a big fan of Salvador Dali, and have been since I was younger. I was totally unaware that his painting Christ of St. John on the Cross (click the link to see the painting) was part of the Kelvingrove art collection. I’m not religious at all but this is one of my favourite paintings. It’s unlike any of his other paintings and Dali wasn’t religious himself, so the painting’s contents are out of character for him – at the time he was better known for artsy surrealist films and a slew of weird advertising appearances. I love the perspective Dali uses in the painting; this is just my interpretation, but by placing the viewer above Christ, looking down on him as he looks down upon the world, Dali seems to be speaking to the man-made nature of religion. Specifically, I think he’s pointing out that man created Jesus and therefore man is God, and that’s why the viewer (‘man’) is placed above Jesus in the painting. Just my interpretation, of course, and I’m definitely no art expert.
On an unrelated note, I’ve been doing a lot of black and white photography lately. The problem I always find with this is that I start building an unconscious bias to black and white and forget about colour altogether, then I always get to a point where I’m stuck with indecision about which to use. This is definitely one of those situations… Black and white or colour?
These photos are from my trip to the Lighthouse last week, and show the modern spiral staircase in the Macintosh-designed water tower, currently open to the public as part of of the Macintosh Interpretation Centre exhibition. the water tower was originally designed as part of the Herald Newspaper building, which was the reason for the building being designed and built before it was later converted into the Lighthouse gallery we have today. The water tower stored water for the building’s fire control system and served to protect the archives, which were then entirely in paper format. I would recommend a visit for the view from the top of the tower alone, the Glasgow cityscape is a stunning mix of architecture.
The staircase brings to mind a favourite song of mine by the band Tool. The song is called Lateralus, and the syllables of the song lyrics adhere to the Fibonacci sequence, which is a series of numbers that can often be found when measuring the dimensions of naturally occurring spirals, such as in spider’s webs or some plants. So, each time you see a spiral staircase, bear in mind that although it might be m,an-made, the design is almost certainly natural in origin!
Lyrics to Lateralus:
With my feet upon the ground
I lose myself between the sounds
And open wide to suck it in
I feel it move across my skin
I’m reaching up and reaching out
I’m reaching for the random or
Whatever will bewilder me
Whatever will bewilder me
And following our will and wind
We may just go where no one’s been
We’ll ride the spiral to the end
And may just go where no one’s been
I’m one of these weirdos that goes to art galleries and takes just as much interest in the gallery itself – the architecture, its history, – as the exhibitions themselves. The Lighthouse, situated in Glasgow’s Mitchell Lane (and by ‘situated’ I actually mean quite well hidden), adjoins the former Herald Building designed by the famous Charles Rennie Macintosh. the building serves as Scotland’s centre for architecture and design, and houses Creative Scotland offices, among others. The Lighthouse is currently hosting several exhibits as part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture and Design, including the fantastic Macintosh Interpretation centre, which I have a post coming up on.
I can and do spend hours at a time in the Lighthouse, and I’m never disappointed with new exhibitions or events (they regularly hold lecturers around various topics, including hosting several successful Glasgow Centre for Population Health talks in the past – I was there, they were very good). I think I spent about 3 hours in there yesterday, as there was some stuff I didn’t realise was on – I was mainly there for the John Maher exhibition, but I’ll post about that later. for this post I want to focus on the architecture of The Lighthouse itself; specifically the modern design elements of the building that date from the late 90s when the building was first opened after laying empty for 15 years as the former headquarters of the Glasgow Herald newspaper – the main part of the gallery is actually formed from the old back stores of the herald building, and was never meant to be seen by the public.
The modern interior is a stunning combination of converging lines, glass and both natural and artificial light that is at once both intimate and open. The building has been designed in such a way as to allow the light to filter in at certain points and illuminate across several levels of the building, with an interesting mix of materials providing the interior with an almost futuristic look – including some of the original brickwork and windows from the Macintosh designed element of the building – but one which also reminds you of the building materials from days gone by, reflecting the myriad architectural styles and building materials that can be seen across the city’s buildings and structures. That’s about all the architectural language I know (not much, I realise) so I’ll stop trying to describe the building and let the photographs speak for themselves.
I would highly recommend a visit to The Lighthouse if you are visiting Glasgow, or even if you are local to the area. The exhibitions are updated regularly, and I’d imagine it’s a great day out with the family – and it’s free!
More info on The Lighthouse can be found here here. Current exhibitions are part of the Festival of Architecture and Design, about which more information can be found here.
I’ve been seeing a lot of minimalist print art recently, and I really like the sty;e so thought I’d give it a shot myself. This is my first attempt using the Pen Tool in Photoshop to produce vector shapes, so they are admittedly very minimal – some of the more complex stuff people can do with vectors is amazing. I went with some of my favourite movie quotes, and tried to create simple vectors that sum up the scene, or an aspect of the scene, the quote was from. These are just some rough attempts, as I get better at with the Pen Tool I’m going to attempt something more complex. Or at least improve these ones.
Clockwise from the left: Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner (1982); Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998); Kylo Ren and Han Solo (respectively) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).