Well, better late than never, I’d say. Back in 2015 (which feels so long ago now), I attended my first Electric Gardens in Glasgow. The year’s title was Lux Botanicum, promising a mix of colourful light installations, fire shows and activities for the whole family. As someone who loves the Glasgow Botanics in any weather, this was a great chance to see them all lit up by night.
A friend of mine was just as excited and we took off to spend our evening at the other end of town – from our point of view at least. I had decided to take my tripod and give night photography a shot for the first time. Needless to say, the visit involved a lot of ‘Wait for me, I need to pack up my stuff’ and ‘Oh my, I’m so sorry for hitting you with that thing AGAIN!’. Good thing she was a good sport about. Being an enthusiastic photographer herself, Alex took the bruises I caused with a smile.
If you’ve had a look around my blog, you will have noticed how much I enjoy spending time at the museum. A quiet place to submerge yourself in your thoughts and a variety of stories told through all sorts of artifacts.
Good for me that Glasgow has so many museums and exhibitions on offer and when Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery announced their new exhibition, ‘A Century of Style’, I knew I had to see it. With no long term displays of any costume collection in the museums around the city and no dedicated exhibition for fashion to my knowledge in the central belt, this was a fantastic opportunity to dive into the city’s history in dressmaking and see some outstanding and – unfortunately – rarely shown gowns.
With Christmas coming up and all the markets replacing festivals for a while, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at Glasgow’s festivals this year.
Events mean a lot to me, they have been part of my studies, I have worked in the industry in a variety of ways, been on the inside and watched from the outside. This year’s festivals have been especially important, as they were a big part for developing my photos but also using them as a means for analysis.
Say what? Well, the city’s festivals have played an incredible part in my research at university, both for my undergrad and my postgrad. Last year in summer, I documented large parts of the Commonwealth Games and every programme aspect that came with it, and this year I concentrated on the Merchant City Festival. Over time, my focus has shifted from how we can create event structures that are respectful towards tourism stakeholder needs towards how we can integrate local community needs, instead of putting profits first.
Enough of my research now, moving towards the end of the year, let’s take another look at the festivals I have managed to attend and my takeaways from them. Let’s get started, shall we?
Mackintosh and Glasgow just go together, yet you don’t get to see the House for an Art Lover on a normal city tour. It’s located further out in Bellahouston Park, close to the Ibrox Stadium.
I only recently managed to take a full day to explore the house and park, also taking my camera. In the past I have been to meetings in the house and unfortunately never thought about actually snapping some photos.