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.