The Lanes.

The Lanes.

The city centre of Glasgow is mostly in a large Manhattan-style grid pattern, however there are a number of narrow lanes which dissect the “blocks” of buildings. At night these lanes are universally gloomy and unsavoury, however I find something rather attractive about them, and they frequently lend themselves to interesting photos.

I wasn’t sure how to react at first when I heard of plans to fence off these lanes forever, due to them apparently being a petty crime and violence magnet late at night.

See, I’m all for safer streets (duh) and crime prevention… however I think its good to be able to nip into these less popular parts of the city to take some interesting shots from time to time. For the record I have never been attacked, set upon, robbed, mauled or held for ransom whilst taking these shots. I have however found a lonesome trumpeteer and a mysteriously placed car within them.

Sensible policy for a safer Glasgow, or nanny state gone too far?

p.s. For those who’ve been emailing in discussion about the new lens… yes this was taken handheld using the 50mm, at f1.4, 1/40 sec at ISO 500.

February 28, 2006


March 1st, 2006

Very sharp photo considering how much you had had to drink!!

March 1st, 2006

Haha, indeed… this photo was taken after I’d had about 4 pints of beer. :)

March 1st, 2006

This is a great alley shot. I love places like this. I like the colouring.

March 2nd, 2006

Great shot Alan. I found your site on the Dgrin forum while searching for a way to integrate smugmug into wordpress. Have you finished development of this plugin?

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