Voyage of Discovery
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
I decided to take the advice of Marcel Proust and rather than seeking out new landscapes for my photography, I would look at a very familiar one with new eyes.
I spent a fantastic day in my home town of Glasgow taking in every little detail and for the most part trying to avoid the well trodden tourist hotspots. It is astounding what you discover when you really take the time to look. Every corner I turned uncovered new details and I noticed things that I had blindly walked past for years.
Perhaps my favourite part of the day was visiting a little charity shop in Merchant city. I feel as though charity shops give you a glimpse into the past and I always feel quite emotional when I really take the time to consider what these items once meant to someone. Maybe one day someone will be staring into a charity shop and the box brownies which once stood there will be replaced with digital cameras and they will wonder what ever happened to the person who owned it.
A hipster with a grey blazer and matching trilby strolls through Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow city centre.
A street vendor hdispensing hemp products from a re-purposed Police Box.
A statue of Donald Dewar seems to tower like a colossus over the surrounding structures in Buchanan Street Glasgow. Donald was a Scottish politician, an advocate of Scottish devolution and the inaugural First Minister of Scotland.
This charity shop window takes you on a trip down memory lane across a number of generations. You instantly see the Rocky and Live Aid box sets but the more you stare, the more you see. I can’t help but feel nostalgic and start to imaging how excited someone would have been when they got their shiny new Regentone radio. Many of these people have probably passed away and their once loved items sit patiently waiting for a new home and yo be treasured once again.
A row of city bikes sit waiting for the person to take them on a tour round Glasgow.
The bodiless torsos in a wig shop proudly display their beautiful hair whilst looking longingly out of the shop window.
Vintage sewing machines are arranged as a striking window display in a Glasgow city centre shop.
A street vendor has set up shop in an old Police box selling, amongst other things, hemp oils. He notices me about to take a photograph and strikes a pose for the camera.
There are so many things you simply don’t notice as you go about your day to day life. I spent a day in my home town of Glasgow trying to avoid the usual photography hotspots and looking for the hidden beauty that I have walked past a thousand times without giving it a second thought. This piece or architecture props summed up my day and made me think of a quote by Marcel Proust. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
A sharply dressed business sits on a bench in George Square, Glasgow surrounded by his luggage suggesting he may just have arrived. He is dressed in a light summer suit to make the most of the beautiful weather which strikes an interesting contrast with the woman he shares the bench with. She sips her hot coffee and looks a little overdressed in her heavy, waterproof Scotrail jacket. However given it’s Scotland she might have the right idea.
Silhouette of a pigeon in St Enoch Square, Glasgow.
Arch by Scott Gorman Photography
Some stones chairs create interesting shadows in the harsh mid day sun.
A statue of Donald Dewar, the inaugural First Minister of Scotland looks down over a packed Buchannan street in Glasgow city centre.
Luke and Jack by Scott Gorman Photography
The entrance to the St Enoch centre subway station in Glasgow city centre, Scotland. This shot was taken in the afternoon using a big stopper to ahieve a 30 second exposure to remove all of the people and create a dramatic lighting effect.
Pauline by Scott Gorman Photography
Tower by Scott Gorman Photography
Ever wondered why there is a statue of the roman god mercury in the middle of Glasgow? The statue is in the Merchant City areas of the town which might give you a clue. Mercury is a major Roman god who is the patron god of a number of things including financial gain, eloquence, trickery and commerce. In fact it’s believes that his name may be derived from the Latin word merx meaning merchant.
I soent a day in my home town looking for hidden treasures to photograph and for the most part avoiding much photogrpahed tourist hotspots. This is the one exeptions which I simply couldn’t ressit. The statue of the Duke of Wellington outside the gallery of modern art is adorned with his usual traffic cone.
The entrance to a bridge cast sharsh shadows in the hot mid day sun.
Suspense by Scott Gorman Photography
Pigeons Make Glasgow by Scott Gorman Photography.tif
A train speeds in to the station at Glasgow Queen street and blurs due to a 1 second exposure.