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Tonight I took off on my bike with objective of photographing a derelict church in the Gorbals. However, it was not, as I had expected, floodlit. So I continued on to Glasgow centre and took the following pics. OK, they are not technically perfect but one or two are interesting. I really need a full length tripod.

First one is Glasgow Cross

1625-7, John Boyd

The seven-storey Tolbooth Steeple is Glasgow Cross`s most important feature and it is topped by a clock and a stone crown. This was once part of a much larger building, the Tolbooth, which provided accommodation for the Town Clerk`s office, the council hall and the city prison.


St Andrews in the Square Church Architects: Allan Dreghorn & Mungo Naismith
1739-59 This is no longer in use for religious purposes.


Another pic of Glasgow Cross. This image gives a feeling of bustle and traffic.

The next three images are colourful. They are taken from Albert Bridge looking east towards the tidal weir with blocks of flats to the right.




This one ain’t too good. Taken from the Albert Bridge looking west.


Overall, these images show the great potential the Glasgow presents for photography tours.

Today, I visited further Thomson designed properties in Glasgow’s West End.

The following seven images are of Great Western Terrace, Great Western Road (1867-77).

This is Glasgow’s grandest terrace and a most unusual composition in which the taller houses are placed not at each end but in the middle. The design is very severe, relying on interpretation and careful proportions; Thomson’s friend and first biographer, the architect Thomas Gildard, wrote how..“The windows have no dressings but Greek goddesses could afford to appear undressed.”






This local (Struthers Memorial) church at Westbourne Gardens G12 caught my eye. The church was designed in 1873 by John Honeyman, a partner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and contains large stained-glass windows by Alfred Webster and Douglas Strachan. In 1913, a huge pipe organ was installed by Norman & Beard, and a large War Memorial was later placed on the pavement outside. Not strictly Thomson BUT here is a tenuous link as Mackintosh won a scholarship established upon the death of Thomson.


The following two images are of the five star, One Devonshire Gardens, a luxury hotel which features some fascinating stained glass windows dating back a hundred years or so.


These final three images are of Westbourne Terrace, 21-39 Hyndland Road (1870-81).

This was Thomson’s last important terrace in which he incorporated the canted bay window into a monumental design of dominant horizontality. The composition, in fact, is subtly asymmetrical, and it is instructive to study how this is resolved in the overall symmetry.




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Today, I got on my bike and went down to Glasgow City Centre to get some pics.This time I took a tripod.

Here is a pic of a casino on the River Clyde.The image following is one of many taken incorporating the Squinty Bridge.

Here is another casino, this time the Gala Rotunda which is located close to the SECC.


Here is a pic of the ‘Armadillo’ aka SECC & Clyde Auditorium

Here is one of many pics of the ‘Squinty Bridge’ This was built in 2006 and Known as “The Finnieston Bridge”, “The Clyde Arc”, and “The Squinty Bridge”, this 169 metre long structure was openned in 2006, at a cost of £20 million. Built as a condition for the BBC to move its Scottish studios to the Southside of Glasgow, it is the first major road crossing to be completed on the River Clyde for 30 years, considerably opening up the area for commercial development on both sides, linking Finnieston and Govan. The bridge is very photogenic when lit up at night!

View of BBC Scotland offices on the waterfront.

View of the Science Centre and Tower.


Squinty Bridge taken with a little camera shake. Slightly surreal. I like it.

Normal view of the Squinty Bridge.


Here is pic of the Armadillo, a conference centre.


The Clyde at night
Science Centre Tower with flashing lights.

View down Buchanan Street, Glasgow

George Square Glasgow with seasonal fairground. Very spectacular!



A view of the Clyde looking east with Victoria and Albert bridges.


Glasgow has lots a raw material for a photography tour with Castswhiskerstours!