#WeBuiltShips

Govan gravings docks looking east along the Clyde towards the SECC and Science Centre tower.

Hello everyone, bit of a gap between now and my last post, so apologies are due! I’ve been very busy, not just with the festive period but also with a new job and a new flat – top tip: don’t move house over Christmas and New Year, it’s very difficult and you will literally burst with stress.

One of my New Year’s resolutions (do people still do these, aye?) is to post more photographs on my blogs. However, this has been hampered a bit by the fact that I have no Internet in the new flat yet, and it otherwise seems to be a communications blackspot, with no mobile signal whatsoever.

Part of the old Fairfield Yard (the abandoned part, as far as I can tell)

Anyway, despite the lack of Internet I’ve ended up starting a mini photo project recently, and completely by accident, too. As mentioned, I recently moved to Govan, an area of Glasgow famous for its shipbuilding past. There are still a few yards left in Govan, most notably Fairfield Heritage, and BAE Systems, where recent orders for the Royal Navy are still being fulfilled and ships are therefore very much still being built (incidentally, BAE Systems and Fairfield Heritage shipyards are my neighbours and, I suspect, the main reason I can’t get any mobile phone signal in my flat). However, the amount of shipbuilding happening in Govan these days is a shadow of the former industry in the area.
I’ve been taking lots of photos, as I do, and have found myself using the hashtag #WeBuiltShips on a lot of my Instagram posts. From this a definite theme has emerged (or, is emerging at least) around the transformation of Govan from shipyards to what it is now – an area which is still changing and evolving out of the industrial era into the new age, so to speak. As always, the changing urban environment is really interesting to me, and so I’ve found myself documenting various aspects of the Govan architecture and urban landscape. And what a rich history Govan has!

The entrance to Fairfield Yard – one of my new neighbours!

These are a few of the shots I’ve gotten recently with my Sony Xperia phone – I’m finding more and more these days that there’s less and less difference between my phone and my DSLR, for daylight shooting anyway. Im currently considering a new camera, but I’d love to know people’s opinions on me posting camera phone Vs DSLR pics. Is there a noticeable difference, do you consider camera phone pics to be cheating or lazy, do you even care?!
Hopefully the #WeBuiltShips theme is something I can keep going with, and maybe even turn into a proper project. Stay tuned for updates, and as always, thanks for visiting šŸ™‚

The flats across the river

Clyde flats b&w

Some more of Glasgow’s high rise flats, although this time ones that are here to stay for the foreseeable future. These flats sit on the South side of the River Clyde opposite Glasgow Green in an area known as the Gorbals. The chimney to the left is the Gorbals brewery, one of may in the city.

Seldom Seen #4: Crane No.7

Crane No 7 aka the Finnieston Crane

This photograph shows the Clyde Navigation Trustees Crane No.7 at Stobcross Quay on the River Clyde in Glasgow, also called the Stobcross Crane, but known locally as the Finnieston Crane because of its proximity to Finnieston Quay and the fact that it was built to replace the former Finnieston Crane which was situated further along the river Clyde.

The crane is one of several which still remain dotted along the River, but like the rest of them is no non-operational. Although the surrounding areas have been developed the crane has remained and now serves as a symbol of Glasgow’s rich history of engineering and shipbuilding on the Clyde.

Despite the crane remaining as an overt symbol of Glasgow’s history, I’ve chosen this photograph because I think it has become so much part of the skyline of Glasgow, part of the background, that people often forget just what it was used for and what it represents. This is the reason for the perspective which the photograph uses in looking at the crane, focusing not on the whole structure as most photographs of the crane tend to, but on the close-up structures and patterns of the structure itself contrasted with the razor wire that serves as a constant reminder that the crane is in use no more, not for its original purpose or any other. The focus on the sign also highlights the history of the crane, how long it has been on the site, who commissioned it and who made it? The sign also serves to situate the crane in wider context of the environment in which it operated, as only ‘Crane No.7’ amongst many others, perhaps leaving us to question why specifically this crane was left in place, and not others?

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